Sweet Potato Macaroni

  • serves 6

This dish is a version of traditional macaroni and cheese — I have snuck in some fruits and veggies that should get by the most discerning palate. It has been kid-tested—and they loved it. They even asked for seconds . . .

Recipe from "Scared Wheatless", copyright © 2015 by Mary Jo Eustace. Whitecap Books.

44 Ratings
Directions for: Sweet Potato Macaroni


4 cups (1 L) dried gluten-free macaroni

3 Tbsp (45 mL) butter

½ cup (125 mL) finely chopped celery

1 cup (250 mL) cubed apple (tart, like Granny Smith)

1 cup (250 mL) chopped onions

Salt and pepper, to taste

2 ½ sweet potatoes

¾ cup (185 mL) half-and-half cream

1 cup (250 mL) gluten-free chicken or veggie stock

1 cup (250 mL) freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish

1 cup (250 mL) freshly grated raw sharp Cheddar or Gruyere cheese

½ cup (125 mL) chopped fresh parsley

½ tsp (2.5 mL) ground nutmeg

½ cup (125 mL) chopped pistachios


1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water, until al dente (check instructions on package). Drain and set aside.

2. Cut sweet potatoes into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes and cook them in boiling salted water until soft. This should yield approx. 2 cups (500 mL) cubed potatoes.

3. In a medium pan, sauté in butter the celery, apple, and onions until soft,about 3 to 5 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Add the sweet potato and sauté for another 1 to 2 minutes.

4. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, the sweet potato mixture, cream,stock, Parmesan cheese, cheddar or Gruyere, parsley, ground nutmeg,and salt and pepper. Mix well.

5. In a medium greased baking dish, spread the mixture evenly. Sprinkle the pistachios on top and bake at 385°F (195°C) for 25 to 30 minutes until everything is melted and bubbly. Top with extra Parmesan.

Tips and Substitutions

Why not try . . .
Pumpkin or butternut squash instead of the sweet potato? You could also use Arborio rice as your base, or to make it lower fat, use more stock and cream.

See more: Cheese, Fruit, Gluten-Free, Main, Nuts, Potatoes, Vegetables



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