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Basil Pesto Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes - Twice baked, savory sweet potatoes stuffed with a delicious basil pesto mixture, and topped with melty mozzarella cheese and marinara!

Basil Pesto Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Basil Pesto Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes - Twice baked, savory sweet potatoes stuffed with a delicious basil pesto mixture, and topped with melty mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce!
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Course Side Dish/Appetizer
Cuisine American/Southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 Serves
Calories 223 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 (8 ounces each) sweet potatoes
  • 1/2- cup basil pesto
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 1/2- cup fancy shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3- cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce , for serving
  • fresh chopped parsley , for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Lightly spray a baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Pierce the sweet potatoes 6 times.
  4. Place on a microwaveable plate and microwave for 6 minutes, rotating halfway through.
  5. Remove from microwave oven and let stand several minutes.
  6. Once cool enough to handle, cut them down the middle, lengthwise.
  7. Scoop out the flesh, careful not to cut through the skins, and transfer to a medium mixing bowl.
  8. Stir in the basil pesto; add grated parmesan, salt and fresh ground pepper and mix and stir until smooth and well incorporated.
  9. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  10. Spoon the mixture back into the potato skins.
  11. Transfer the potatoes to previously prepared baking sheet.
  12. Bake for 15 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and add mozzarella cheese and pine nuts; continue to bake for 4 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  14. Remove from oven and let stand couple minutes.
  15. Transfer to serving plates and top with marinara sauce and chopped fresh parsley.
  16. Serve.

Recipe Notes

Serve as a side dish or an appetizer.

 

Nutrition Facts
Basil Pesto Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (1.5 sweet potato)
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 318mg13%
Potassium 446mg13%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 16485IU330%
Vitamin C 3.2mg4%
Calcium 135mg14%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.