Spicy Pasta with Sweet Potatoes


You'll go nuts for this flavorful yet oh-so-easy Asian-inspired pasta recipe. Cream cheese, chili sauce, soy sauce, and peanut butter team up in the scrumptious sauce.

Spicy Pasta with Sweet Potatoes
Photo: Andy Lyons
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 12 ounce sweet potato, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes (2 cups)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon sugar

  • 8 ounce dried rigatoni

  • cup peanut butter

  • 1 3 ounce package cream cheese, cut up

  • 2 teaspoon Asian chili sauce (such as Sriracha sauce)

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Oil a rimmed baking pan; set aside. Place sweet potato cubes in a bowl. Toss with the 1 tablespoon olive oil, the chili powder, cinnamon, and sugar. Spread in prepared pan; bake for 20 minutes or until tender.

  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup hot pasta water.

  3. In a saucepan combine peanut butter, cream cheese, chili sauce, and soy sauce; whisk in 3/4 cup of the hot pasta water. Stir over medium heat until heated through. If the mixture is too thick, stir in additional water. Stir in most of the green onions. Serve sauce over pasta with sweet potatoes and remaining green onion slices.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

537 Calories
24g Fat
68g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 537
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 507mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 68g 25%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 6.5mg 33%
Calcium 90.9mg 7%
Iron 3.4mg 19%
Potassium 660mg 14%
Folate, total 177.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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