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Sweet Potato Pasta with Cilantro Tahini Sauce

This recipe originally appeared on my other site: Simply Whisked.

This easy, vegan sweet potato pasta features roasted sweet potatoes and linguini noodles tossed in a creamy, cilantro tahini sauce. This recipe is super easy to make and it’s perfect for fall!

overhead view of two bowls of sweet potato pasta

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Why I love this sweet potato pasta with cilantro tahini sauce

This is one my favorite pasta recipes. We used to make it all the time when Ellie was a baby – I was on a major sweet potato kick around that time – but some how I forgot about it, and we hadn’t made it in years.

This pasta dish is so good, and so simple to make. Roast the sweet potatoes, boil the pasta and make the no cook pasta sauce while they cook.

The sauce itself is made with fresh cilantro, nutty tahini and tons of garlic and ginger. It’s a little bit reminiscent of a peanut sauce, but so different at the same time.

overhead view of two bowls of sweet potato pasta

Here’s what you’ll need to this make sweet potato pasta with cilantro tahini sauce

close up of a bowl of sweet potato pasta being twirled on a fork

How to make this sweet potato pasta with cilantro tahini sauce

Roast the sweet potatoes. Peel and cut your sweet potatoes and roast them until they’re tender in a 400˚F oven. I like to line my sheet pan with parchment for easier cleanup.

Cook the pasta. Boil a large pot of salted water, and cook the linguini according to the package directions to al dente. When they’re cooked, drain the pasta in a colander.

If your sweet potatoes need a bit more time, feel free to drizzle the pasta with olive oil to keep the pasta from sticking.

Make the sauce. While the pasta and sweet potatoes cook, mix the sauce ingredients in mixing bowl. I like to heat my tahini a bit in the microwave to make it easier to whisk into the sauce, but that’s totally optional.

Toss it all together. Mix the sauce with the sweet potatoes and pasta and toss until everything is evenly coated. Serve with extra cilantro and/or lime wedges.

cilantro tahini sauce in a bowl with plain pasta in a pot next to it

FAQs and tips on making sweet potato pasta with cilantro tahini sauce

Is it better to boil or bake sweet potatoes?

Baking sweet potatoes will bring out more flavor than boiling them. It will also help to crisp them up and make them hold their shape.

close u of a pot of sweet potato pasta

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Sweet Potato Pasta with Cilantro Tahini Sauce

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Roasting/Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This easy, vegan sweet potato pasta features roasted sweet potatoes and linguini noodles tossed in a creamy, cilantro tahini sauce. This recipe is super easy to make and it’s perfect for fall!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 11 1/2 pounds sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • Salt & pepper
  • 12 ounces linguini pasta
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar or honey (or brown sugar)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F (200˚C). Place sweet potatoes on a parchment lined baking sheet and season liberally with salt and pepper. Roast for about 25 – 30 minutes, until tender.
  2. Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions for al dente.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. When pasta is cooked, toss with roasted sweet potatoes and sauce. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 491
  • Sugar: 9.1 g
  • Sodium: 446.1 mg
  • Fat: 16.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 74.7 g
  • Fiber: 6.3 g
  • Protein: 13.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: Vegan pasta, sweet potato pasta, cilantro tahini sauce, cilantro pasta, sweet potato recipe, pasta recipe

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