Sweet Potato Pasta Bake

With spinach and pine nuts.


  • 350g penne or other pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 400g sweet potato, peeled & coarsely grated
  • 1 small zucchini, coarsely grated
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 400g can of dried tomatoes
  • 1 cup salt reduced beef stock
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 50g baby spinach leaves
  • 160g ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain well.
  2. Heat oil in a medium pan on medium — high heat. Cook onion and garlic for 3 to 4 minutes until softened.
  3. Add beef and cook until browned breaking up lumps with a spoon. Add sweet potato & zucchini. Cook for 2 minutes until softened slightly.
  4. Add paste, tomatoes, stock and thyme. Simmer uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes until thickened slightly. Stir through spinach leaves until wilted.
  5. Preheat oven to 220 c or 200 c for fan-forced. Combine pasta & beef mixture in an 8 cup capacity ovenproof dish. Sprinkle with ricotta, parmesan and pine nuts.
  6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden.

https://myfoodbook.com.au/recipes/show/sweet-potato-pasta-bake-with-spinach-and-pine-nuts , viewed 04-April-2019.

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