This Sweet Potato Pasta Bake is a #HubSquad submission from one of our lovely members Bronwyn! We suggested a slight decrease in pasta and increased all the vegetables for a whole food-based and plate-modelled meal. We’ve also added the nutritional content.

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3.5 from 2 votes

Sweet Potato Pasta Bake with Spinach and Pine Nuts

A hearty weeknight meal with plenty of serves for the whole family.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Wholefoods
Keyword: baby spinach, mince, pasta bake, sweet potato
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 508kcal
Author: Bronwyn Wysocki


  • 300 g pasta, pulse
  • 1 tbsp oil, olive extra virgin
  • 1 onion, brown large, finely chopped
  • 2 clove garlic crushed
  • 4 stick celery finely chopped
  • 500 g beef, mince lean
  • 400 g potato, sweet coarsely grated
  • 2 zucchini coarsely grated
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 400 g tomato, diced, canned
  • 1 cup stock, beef liquid
  • 4 sprig thyme, fresh
  • 150 g spinach, baby
  • 1 punnet tomato, cherry halved
  • 100 g cheese, ricotta, regular
  • 40 g cheese, parmesan grated
  • 40 g pine nuts


  • Cook pasta in a large pan of salted, boiling water until al dente. Drain well. 
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium sized pan on medium-high heat. Cook onion, garlic and celery for 3-4 minutes until softened. Add beef and cook until browned, breaking up lumps with a spoon. Add sweet potato and zucchini. Cook for 2 minutes until softened slightly. 
  • Add tomato paste, tinned tomatoes, stock and thyme. Simmer, uncovered for 15-20 minutes until thickened slightly. Stir through cherry tomatoes and spinach leaves until wilted. 
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 220 degrees (200 degrees fan-forced). 
  • Combine pasta and beef mixture in an 8-cup capacity ovenproof dish. Sprinkle with ricotta, parmesan and pine nuts. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. 


Whole foods: 81%
1 serve of this recipe provides
  • 1 carbohydrate serve
  • ½ protein serve
  • ½ fat serve
  • 2 vegetable serves


Calories: 508kcal | Carbohydrates: 44.2g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 403mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 10g | Calcium: 191mg

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