Convenience and gourmet CAN go together! The next time you’re in a bind for time with dinner, this Spaghetti with Sauteed Sweet Potatoes and Ricotta will have you chowing down with style in 20 minutes.


On most days, quick meals are a necessity.  After all, work and family life can make it difficult to be a home chef who slaves in the kitchen for hours on end. But no matter how much time there is, a home chef still has to whip up a tasty and satisfying meal, right? That’s why this Spaghetti with Sauteed Sweet Potatoes and Ricotta is perfect as one of those quick, delicious meals you can piece together in 20 minutes.

It’s important for people to know that healthy food is an achievable feat even for the busiest of us. This meal could probably be in your belly faster than running out last-minute to pick up fast food for your family. Just prepare the sweet potatoes as your spaghetti is cooking, then toss all of the ingredients together once they’re ready to go.

Voila! Pretty simple, right?

What was the clean up like? For those of you with a fast food addiction, don’t let these two pans overwhelm you. Clean up can be finished in less than 10 minutes. Dinner and clean up in 30 minutes is proof that we can simplify and “healthify” our lives at the same time. Sometimes, all it takes is just a little meal planning and thinking ahead to do so.


Serves 4-6

  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 lb sweet potatoes (2 medium), cubed into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 shallots, sliced
  • 1.5 tbsp, fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/3 cup parmesan, grated
  • 1/2 cup ricotta
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
Adapted from the original article.

Anne Assassi, MS, RDN is a private practice dietitian and health coach based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A lover of home-cooked culinary creations, Anne helps individuals discover the art of healthy eating as an enjoyable creative experience in our homes that allows us to be our healthiest selves. Connect with Anne to create your most inspired and healthiest kitchen!