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sweet potato penne pasta with crispy prosciutto adn sauteed spinach leaves served in a large pot.

Sweet Potato Pasta with Crispy Prosciutto

Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Bursting with flavour, this sweet potato pasta with crispy prosciutto makes a great option for a quick family dinner.
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Ingredients

  • 4 thin slices of Parma Ham cut into strips
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion finely minced
  • 1 American sweet potato about 250 g, peeled and finely cubed
  • 370 g penne pasta
  • 80 g baby spinach leaves
  • Sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper

Instructions

  • Heat a skillet over medium-low heat, add in the thin strips of prosciutto and let them cook for about 3 minutes, until they’re crispy on all sides. Remove them from the skillet and set them aside.
  • Return the skillet to medium heat, add in the extra-virgin olive oil followed by the sweet potato and onion, and cook the vegetables until the sweet potato cubes have slightly softened and are crispy around the edges. Add a splash of water if the vegetables begin to brown too much.
  • Place a large pot of water over high heat and bring to a boil. Lightly season with sea salt, then add the pasta and let it cook for about 7-9 minutes.
  • Look at the instructions on your pasta packaging. See how long it tells you to boil it for, and drain the pasta three minutes before this time to have it al dente.
  • Add the spinach into the skillet with the vegetables, and cook for a further 2 minutes, then add in the crispy prosciutto and turn the heat off. Adjust seasoning by adding a pinch of sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper to taste.
  • Drain the pasta al dente, add it to the pan with the vegetables and sauté all the ingredients for one more minute.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, season the pasta with freshly cracked black pepper and serve immediately.

Notes

Storage tips:
Store leftover pasta in an airtight container, it will keep well in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Ingredient tips:

Customize this easy pasta recipe by adding extra ingredients if you like, these are some great options:
  • Baby kale or mushrooms – sauteed with the sweet potato
  • Pancetta, bacon or ham - finely chopped and stir-fried until crispy
  • Red chili flakes – for a little heat