Bread Bowl Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese

I’m really excited about this, y’all. I’m sharing some of my very favorite things all in one post. Sweet potato mac and cheese in a bread bowl! 

 

Mac & cheese?  Check!

Sweet potatoes? Check!

Bread? Check!

Carbs on carbs on carbs? Check!

 

It’s the season for comfort foods and mac and cheese has to be one of the ultimates for me. I have a go-to recipe, but every now and then, I like to shake things up. So I thought, what else could I add to make it even better. And I came up with sweet potatoes because I just love them. And then I thought, how could I make it super pretty? A  bread bowl on top of my festive table setting, of course! Sweet potato mac and cheese in a bread bowl! 

Sweet potato mac and cheese // bread bowl // basil // garlic // sweet potato // pasta //

 

Feast your eyes on this carbolicious delight!

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Sweet potato mac and cheese // bread bowl // basil // garlic // sweet potato // pasta // comfort food // fall recipes // winter recipes

Yields6 Servings
Prep Time25 minsCook Time25 minsTotal Time50 mins

 2 medium sweet potatoes (or 14 oz sweet potato puree)
 1 lb penne (or small noodle of your choice)
 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
 1 cup fresh basil, removed from stems, torn into strips
 5 tbsp flour
 5 tbsp butter
 2 ½ cups whole milk
 1 cup Gouda, shredded
 1 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded
 ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
 salt
 pepper
 6 sour dough bread bowls (You can get these at your local bakery or Panera Bread.

1

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2

Wash and peel the sweet potatoes. Cut them into 1- to 2-inch cubes. Place the cubed sweet potatoes into a pot and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil and continue boiling for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Once cooked, transfer the sweet potatoes to a bowl and mash thoroughly. I used a hand mixer. You can use your mashing method of choice, but you want a smooth mash, not chunky. Set aside.

Skip this step if you're using sweet potato puree.

Sweet potato mac and cheese // bread bowl // basil // garlic // sweet potato // pasta //

3

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Drain and transfer pasta to a large bowl.

4

In the pot used for the pasta, gently melt the butter on low heat. Once melted, whisk in the flour. Once combined, add the milk, whisking continuously until the mixture is hot, but not boiling. Gradually add the sweet potato mash or puree, whisking to combine. The mixture will be smooth. Remove from heat and immediately whisk in the cheeses.

Sweet potato mac and cheese // bread bowl // basil // garlic // sweet potato // pasta //

5

Pour the cheese mixture into the bowl with the drained pasta. Add the basil (reserving a bit for garnish) and stir to combine thoroughly.

Sweet potato mac and cheese // bread bowl // basil // garlic // sweet potato // pasta //

6

Prepare the bread bowls. Cut the middle out of the sourdough loaf to create a bowl. Then, spoon in the mac and cheese to fill. If you have extra cheese, you can sprinkle it on top.

Sweet potato mac and cheese // bread bowl // basil // garlic // sweet potato // pasta //

7

Place the bowls on a lined baking sheet, place in the oven, and bake for 12-14 minutes. Garnish with reserved basil, and enjoy!

Sweet potato mac and cheese // bread bowl // basil // garlic // sweet potato // pasta // comfort food // fall recipe ideas // thanksgiving recipes // winter recicpe ideas

Ingredients

 2 medium sweet potatoes (or 14 oz sweet potato puree)
 1 lb penne (or small noodle of your choice)
 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
 1 cup fresh basil, removed from stems, torn into strips
 5 tbsp flour
 5 tbsp butter
 2 ½ cups whole milk
 1 cup Gouda, shredded
 1 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded
 ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
 salt
 pepper
 6 sour dough bread bowls (You can get these at your local bakery or Panera Bread.

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2

Wash and peel the sweet potatoes. Cut them into 1- to 2-inch cubes. Place the cubed sweet potatoes into a pot and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil and continue boiling for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Once cooked, transfer the sweet potatoes to a bowl and mash thoroughly. I used a hand mixer. You can use your mashing method of choice, but you want a smooth mash, not chunky. Set aside.

Skip this step if you're using sweet potato puree.

Sweet potato mac and cheese // bread bowl // basil // garlic // sweet potato // pasta //

3

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Drain and transfer pasta to a large bowl.

4

In the pot used for the pasta, gently melt the butter on low heat. Once melted, whisk in the flour. Once combined, add the milk, whisking continuously until the mixture is hot, but not boiling. Gradually add the sweet potato mash or puree, whisking to combine. The mixture will be smooth. Remove from heat and immediately whisk in the cheeses.

Sweet potato mac and cheese // bread bowl // basil // garlic // sweet potato // pasta //

5

Pour the cheese mixture into the bowl with the drained pasta. Add the basil (reserving a bit for garnish) and stir to combine thoroughly.

Sweet potato mac and cheese // bread bowl // basil // garlic // sweet potato // pasta //

6

Prepare the bread bowls. Cut the middle out of the sourdough loaf to create a bowl. Then, spoon in the mac and cheese to fill. If you have extra cheese, you can sprinkle it on top.

Sweet potato mac and cheese // bread bowl // basil // garlic // sweet potato // pasta //

7

Place the bowls on a lined baking sheet, place in the oven, and bake for 12-14 minutes. Garnish with reserved basil, and enjoy!

Bread Bowl Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese

About Erika

Hi, I'm Erika! I'm a Houston transplant and have spent the last six years getting into Hou. Follow along with me for all things food and fun in this great city of ours.

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