smashed sweet potatoes with pesto

Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Sundried Tomato & Spinach Pesto

  • Author: Ciara @ My Fussy Eater
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: European


Delicious smashed sweet potatoes topped with sundried tomato and spinach pesto


  • Sweet Potatoes:
  • 4 small sweet potatoes (approx 500g)
  • 1/2 tbsp oil
  • Pesto:
  • 280g / 1.5 cups sundried tomatoes (including the oil)
  • 100g / 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 150ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 50g grated parmesan (can use vegan or vegetarian cheese too)


  1. Preheat the oven to 200c / 400f.
  2. Wash the sweet potatoes well, removing any blackened bits. Cut them in half and add them to a pan of boiling water. Simmer on a medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until they are just getting tender.
  3. Drain the water away and add the sweet potatoes to a baking tray. Drizzle on the oil and toss until coated. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the sweet pototo skins start to get crispy on the outside.
  4. Meanwhile make the pesto by placing all the ingredients in a food processor and blitzing until combined. You may want to add the olive oil in stages as some people prefer more or less oil in their pesto.
  5. Once the sweet potatoes are cooked through, remove from the oven and top with the pesto. Serve immediately


This recipe makes more pesto than you will need for the sweet potatoes. However it can be stored in the fridge for 4 or 5 days or frozen into portion in individual freezer bags or ice cube trays.