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Brown Butter Sweet Potato Alfredo

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Brown Butter Sweet Potato Alfredo is a great alternative to the classic alfredo pasta dish!

Brown butter sweet potato alfredo is a great way to still get the creaminess of the classic alfredo sauce but with a lighter and more flavorful sauce approach. The brown butter gives it a nice, nutty flavor without overpowering the dish.

Brown Butter Sweet Potato Alfredo is a great alternative to the classic alfredo pasta dish!

Brown Butter Sweet Potato Alfredo is a great alternative to the classic alfredo pasta dish!

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Brown Butter Sweet Potato Alfredo is a great alternative to the classic alfredo pasta dish!

This pasta was made ages ago. Like 3 months ago. Oops. I’ve held out on you for too long and I hope you enjoy it nonetheless! I think this is a fairly lightened up dish to the alternative alfredo cream sauce considering that the creaminess of this pasta comes from the sweet potato and roux. I decided to amp up the flavor by adding brown butter – you can’t ever go wrong with that and it’s only 2 tablespoons so it’s not like you’re killing your entire days’ worth of calories over this dish – that is, unless, you eat like 7 bowls of this, but we all know you won’t do that, right?

Brown Butter Sweet Potato Alfredo is a great alternative to the classic alfredo pasta dish!

Brown Butter Sweet Potato Alfredo is a great alternative to the classic alfredo pasta dish!

Brown Butter Sweet Potato Alfredo is a great alternative to the classic alfredo pasta dish!

In case you aren’t sure what brown butter really is, it’s really butter that has been browned in a skillet to create a nutty and unbelievable flavor! Just don’t burn it!

**How to brown butter: place butter in a skillet on medium heat. Immediately begin whisking it. It’ll start to foam and within 2-3 minutes, brown bits will start showing up at the bottom. At this point in time, I usually will take the skillet off the heat and start swirling the butter around in the pan in the air so it doesn’t quickly go from brown to burned. Once you see a nice brown color in the butter (and start smelling the amazingness), you’ve achieved brown butter awesomeness!

Brown Butter Sweet Potato Alfredo is a great alternative to the classic alfredo pasta dish!

Brown Butter Sweet Potato Alfredo

Brown butter sweet potato alfredo is a great way to still get the creaminess of the classic alfredo sauce but with a lighter and more flavorful sauce approach!
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 4
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Ingredients 

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, browned
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cubed into 2-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 ¾ cup water, divided
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound dried spaghetti pasta, cooked according to the directions on the box
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, more or less depending on heat preference
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the cubed sweet potatoes and cook until fork tender. Carefully place sweet potatoes into a blender and puree until smooth.
  • In a large pot over medium heat, add the brown butter and whisk together with flour for 30 seconds. Turn the heat up to medium-high and carefully add the milk and continue whisking until mixture thickens, about 3-4 minutes. At this time, add the pureed sweet potatoes and 1 1/2 cup of water. Let the mixture simmer for 5-7 minutes until thickened then add the Parmesan cheese, cayenne, salt, pepper, and turn off the heat. If the mixture seems too thick, you can add the remaining 1/4 cup of water to thin it out.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the pot and toss until well-coated.

Notes

How to brown butter: place butter in a skillet on medium heat. Immediately begin whisking it. It'll start to foam and within 2-3 minutes, brown bits will start showing up at the bottom. At this point in time, I usually will take the skillet off the heat and start swirling the butter around in the pan in the air so it doesn't quickly go from brown to burned. Once you see a nice brown color in the butter (and start smelling the amazingness), you've achieved brown butter awesomeness!

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving: 0.25 of recipe | Calories: 676 kcal | Carbohydrates: 31 g | Protein: 38 g | Fat: 40 g | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 5 g

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pasta
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Lyndsey

Monday 25th of May 2020

I made this last night when I was looking for something to use up leftover sweet potatoes. I made minor substitutions and seasoned to taste and used the starchy pasta water to help the sauce stick to the noodles. It makes LOTS of sauce, but it’s so good that I’ll be making more pasta to use it up! Thanks for a great recipe :)

Ash

Thursday 27th of February 2020

Wow! This recipe was so easy to follow and the flavour was to die for!!!! I licked my bowl clean! My partner has recently had major throat / sinus surgery and is finally eating more solid foods. Safe to say he loved this as his first “solid” meal! Will definitely be making this one again! Also made with soy milk and the consistency was still beautiful ?

Sam

Tuesday 12th of February 2019

Question. I know it's cheating but could i just use store bought cheese sauce and add that to the butter then the sweet potato? Would i still need the milk? Im learning how to cook so please help!

Julie Wampler

Tuesday 12th of February 2019

I don't know why you would need cheese sauce for this, though. That would be completely changing the entire recipe as the sauce's base is sweet potato and brown butter. That's why it's that color; it's not because of cheese sauce. I may not be understanding your question...

Zara Lone

Thursday 15th of November 2018

I just made this and its INCREDIBLE. season to taste, i added mushrooms and extra cayenne, man... what a perfect dinner for the first snowfall in NYC. thanks for sharing.

Julie Wampler

Friday 16th of November 2018

what a great comfort dish to have for the first snow in NYC! we got our first snowfall yesterday too here in DC!

Emily

Tuesday 26th of September 2017

Any nutritional info on this?

Julie

Wednesday 27th of September 2017

Unfortunately, no. There are many reasons as to why I don’t post nutritional information on my recipes, one of which is that I’m not a registered dietician or nutritionist so for me to give any sort of nutritional information would be incorrect and inaccurate. There are also many differing factors when it comes to nutritional information and since I do not have the knowledge in this, I do not feel comfortable posting this sort of information. If you must have this information, there are many calculators out there (free and paid) that can help you with calculations. A simple Google search would pull up some of these calculators, but again, I’m not endorsing them as I do not know how accurate they may be.