If you liked my original Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese recipe, you’ll love this new spicy Southwestern Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese version.
I decided to jazz up this classic and blog reader favorite with green chiles, fiery chipotle habanero sauce, and cracked roasted chickpea crumbs (you can find them on vitacost.com). I baked it in a cast iron skillet, which adds to the southwestern flair. It also make a nice presentation at a dinner party.
If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, you can bake it in a casserole dish instead. Just as delicious.
Better for You Comfort Food
In my kitchen, everything gets health-ified. This is a better for you indulgence because:
The pasta is made out of chickpeas. (No gluten in this kitchen). I used Banza chickpea pasta, but you can also try it with Ancient Harvest Pow! Pasta, Tinkyada brown rice pasta, or your favorite gluten-free pasta.
The sauce is made primarily from sweet potatoes (no dairy or cheese in sight).
The breadcrumbs are made from chickpeas.
That makes this mac and cheese vegan, gluten-free, and absolutely delicious.
Try This Southwestern Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese Recipe
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Maria Marlowe is a holistic nutritionist and wellness coach who uses real food to help her clients improve their health, weight, and skin. She offers meal plans, ongoing group workshops both in NYC and online, and writes healthy and delicious recipes for her popular blog. She is also the author of The Real Food Grocery Guide, the most practical guide to selecting the healthiest foods, without going broke. Praised by Dr. Oz and InStyle magazine, it was a #1 new release on Amazon.