Caramelized Sweet Potatoes and Kale Pasta Recipe

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Minnie Published: November 13, 2020 Modified: June 1, 2021
Caramelized Sweet Potatoes and Kale Pasta Recipe

How To Make Caramelized Sweet Potatoes and Kale Pasta

A recipe for kale pasta with the right balance of acidity and savory. A blend that’ll sure to make your mouth water even before taking the first bite!

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes



  • 12ozpastauncooked, I used orecchiette
  • 4tbspbutterdivided (or olive oil)
  • 1lbsweet potatoespeeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt
  • black pepperfreshly cracked
  • ½red onionmedium, sliced
  • 5garlic clovespeeled and thinly sliced
  • 2cupskale leavesroughly-chopped, tough stems removed
  • ¼cupdry white wineor chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2tbspwhite balsamic vinegaror traditional balsamic vinegar
  • ½cuppine nutstoasted


  1. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions, in a large stockpot of salted water. Drain, and set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespooons butter (or olive oil) in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.

  3. Add sweet potatoes and season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper.

  4. Sauté for 7 to 9 minutes, stirring and flipping occasionally, until they are tender on the inside and nice and caramelized on the outside.

  5. Transfer to a separate plate, and set aside.

  6. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter (or olive oil) to the sauté pan. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  7. Stir in the kale, white wine and balsamic vinegar.

  8. Sauté for an additional 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and set aside.

  9. Once the pasta is ready to go, combine the pasta, sweet potatoes, kale mixture and pine nuts in the large stockpot, and toss to combine.

  10. Serve warm, garnished with lots of Parmesan cheese and any other desired toppings.

Recipe Notes

Optional Toppings: Freshly-grated parmesan, chopped fresh basil, diced cooked bacon.


  • Calories: 443.59kcal
  • Fat: 16.35g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.60g
  • Trans Fat: 0.31g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 4.21g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.48g
  • Carbohydrates: 62.81g
  • Fiber: 5.06g
  • Sugar: 6.57g
  • Protein: 10.79g
  • Cholesterol: 20.35mg
  • Sodium: 434.76mg
  • Calcium: 58.62mg
  • Potassium: 522.50mg
  • Iron: 2.09mg
  • Vitamin A: 627.68µg
  • Vitamin C: 9.86mg
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