This habanero sweet potato pasta is SPICY. I hope you like spicy because it’s got a whole habanero in it! The spiciness is nicely balanced by soft sweet potato cubes and a basil garilcky tomato sauce. So yum.
In my first apartment after college, I finally had my own kitchen and I lived alone. Can you guess that I made pasta religiously? One of my favorite ingredients to add to my pasta was sweet potato chunks, as it added a nice creamy and delicious texture with a hint of sweetness. Plus, I love looking at all that orange.
I love using rotini for my pasta, as its twisty nooks and crannies allow it to hold more sauce and flavor. So that’s what I use here. But of course, you can use any type of pasta that you like.
This recipe calls for a single habanero, which will be sufficient to give your pasta a spicy kick but not be too overwhelming. If habaneros scare you, feel free to use a milder pepper like a jalapeño. But don’t omit the peppers altogether. There’s just something so satisfying about eating a moderately spicy meal.
Also, this dish feeds two hungry carb-starved people, so if you aren’t feeling like eating a big pasta meal, feel free to cut down on the cups of pasta. Below I use 2 cups; you can try using just 1.5 cups.
Alright, get that glass of milk ready! You’re gonna need it.