Cheesy sweet potato bake

CheesesaucelongveiwWow isn’t January going so s-l-o-w-l-y? I swear I can feel the time just crawling by! I my only University exam  of the year on Friday (catalytic reaction engineering -_-) which probably didn’t help much, maybe things will now go whizzing all the way to sunshine, long days and barbecues.

It was quite strange going back to University after I’ve been working on my placement for 6 months. For a start I forgot how much you walk around as a student. Now days i’m at my desk most of the time so my feet were very sore after pounding the streets of Manchester all weekend. It also reminded me of all the burden of University exams which creep in and rule your life for 6 weeks every year- that’s one thing I can safely say I am not missing about University! However even though I’m living at my family home every time I go back to Manchester I still get that feeling that I’m returning to a home of sorts, somewhere that I have become part of and that has certainly influenced me. It’s an amazing city especially for music lovers and as a southerner who had barely been North of London before the age of 19 I am happy to admit that people really are friendlier up North :) .


ANYWAY In dire need of some winter cheer I cooked up this very bright and happy sweet potato bake  this week end (kinda looks like a sun no?) I think it has actually improved my mood mainly because it includes my favourite cheese sauce. 

Ever since I learnt to make a cheese sauce I’ve been smothering everything in it. This time I’ve chosen a load of veggies to subject to the molten layer of cheesiness. I love this recipe because it’s very easy and full of goodness, it’s great for if you have to serve a big group of people but want minimum fuss and it’s meat free so everyone should be happy. There is a lovely layer of filling butter beans on the bottom topped with some fresh spinach and sauteed leeks in a rich cheesy sauce and to top it all off a fluffy layer of sweet potato and cracked black pepper. SO yum SO healthy…so can it be summer now?



Cheesy vegetable bake
Serves 4
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr
4 sweet potatoes
3 leeks
200g spinach
250g tinned cooked butter beans
100g strong cheddar cheese, grated
450 ml milk
50g butter
50g flour
1 tsp mustard
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Preheat the oven to 180 °C
1. Roughly chop the leeks and add to a pan with the vegetable oil on a medium heat. Cook for around 5-8 minutes or until just soft.
2. Cook the sweet potatoes whole in a bowl in the microwave for 7 minutes or alternatively peel dice, and steam for 10 minutes. Scoop out the soft potato and mash with a fork.
3. For the cheese sauce, add the flour and butter to a pan on a low heat and whisk until the mixture is even and caramel coloured (2 minutes)
4. Now gradually add the milk continuing to whisk. It is important to keep and eye on the sauce- if it thickens suddenly remove from the heat and add more milk.
5.After all the milk is incorporated add the grated cheese and mustard and whisk until smooth.
6.Now to assemble! Pour the butter beans into the bottom of an oven proof dish. Add the spinach on top and next the leeks. Pour over the cheesy sauce and top with your bright orange mash.
7. Pop in the oven for 15 minutes or until warmed through.
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13 Thoughts on “Cheesy sweet potato bake

  1. This dish IS bright and happy. I adore sweet potatoes and the beans are a great touch too.

  2. Amy, this potato bake looks too good! The vegetables cancel out the cheese, right? And your exam sounds super hard! I’ve always wanted to visit Manchester. For now I’ll live vicariously through you : )

  3. This dish sounds wonderful – You are right -this dos look like the sun – now you have me longing for the sun and the heat that very often accompanies it! It has been so cold here (I am a cold wimp, so anything less than 60 is arctic weather for me)

  4. I LOVE sweet potatoes! What a creative and yummy sounding dish!

  5. This looks really good! Some great ingredients in there – and I’m a huge fan of spinach, so any time I see it in a dish, I gravitate toward it!

  6. I’m a huge fan of anything with sweet potatoes in it! This looks so good!

  7. Oh I love the sweet potatoes in here – I am on such a kick with them right now! And the cheesy sauce doesn’t hurt either : ) This sounds so perfect and comforting for the cold weather we’ve been having!

  8. Amy, this looks delicious and hearty. I am going to make for the family!

  9. You can’t go wrong with sweet potato and cheese!

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