If you want to make something that tastes decadent, but is actually pretty good for you, then check out my recipe for this sweet potato cream pasta with kale on Marcus Samuelsson’s blog!

Before I kick off the V-Day recipe roundup, I have an exciting announcement to make! I’ve been recruited by IBM to partner with them on their #MySmarterCommerce campaign! For the next 30 days, I’ll be thinking/talking/sharing what Smarter Commerce means to me. Smarter Commerce means something different to everyone, whether it be the role social media plays in our lives, how we do business, how we interact or keep in touch with our friends and family, how we make better/more informed decisions about the things we spend money on.  Technology and social media plays such a huge role in all of our lives, that I think it will be interesting to see what we like about it, what we don’t, and how it influences us!  I definitely hope you all join in on the discussions as we go along!

And now for dessert.  Here are some of my favorite sweets that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day!


Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes with Caramel Italian Meringue Buttercream


Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Nutella Filling and Chocolate Ganache


Pink Lady Cupcakes


Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Cupcakes


Sparkling Champagne Cupcakes


White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake


Red Velvet Black and White Cookies


Sweet and Salty Brownies


Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


Avocado Pistachio Creme Brulee


Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie


Chocolate Mousse Tart with Hazelnuts


Italian Cream Puffs with Custard Filling


Red Velvet and Cinnamon Layer Cake


Red Velvet Macarons with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

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66 Responses to Sweet Potato Cream Pasta with Kale…and a Valentine’s Day Dessert Round-Up!

  1. Gloria says:

    omy ! all look amazing Joanne!! Happy Valentine s day to you!!!

  2. Mary Younkin says:

    What an absolutely mouthwatering round up, Joanne. Those champagne cupcakes are calling to me once again. Have a great Valentines day!

  3. I love the sound of this pasta, Joanne. Sweet potatoes are a staple here!

  4. Oh my goodness, those desserts! I’ll be interested to learn more about the Smarter Commerce campaign. And I’m just off to find out how to make that amazing pasta 🙂

  5. Cara says:

    Am I allowed to eat ONLY dessert on Valentines day?

  6. All of your desserts look amazing! I wouldn’t know what one to choose! 🙂

  7. sandra says:

    That pasta looks delicious! So creamy and soothing for a cold snowy day.

  8. Beth says:

    I think your pasta looks wonderful. And it’s good for me too? On my way to check it out.

  9. I’ll take that pasta for dinner every day… and one of each of these desserts to follow, thankyouverymuch. YUM!

  10. Oooh that pasta looks sooo creamy and decadent. Are you sure it’s really healthy?! 😉 One another note, I would like to devour an entire cake for breakfast after reading this post!

  11. Yes, thank you! Just what I was looking for!

  12. SallyBR says:

    Amazing round=up!

    we are eating out this year, a colleague from the department invited us to join him and his wife. Since we are newcomers to the university, we felt we had to accept. Between you and me… I was hoping to cook something not too decadent but special for the two of us…. OH, well – there’s always next year 😉

  13. kelsey says:

    you are a very naughty friend tempting me like this!

  14. Wow, those look amazing. Plus kale and sweet potatoes?? YUM. I don’t ever get sweet potatoes from the CSA, but I bought some from TJs to make baby food a couple of weeks ago and we ate the rest. I need to buy more.

  15. Fabulous round-up!
    Your sweet potato pasta dish is genius. I totally want to try it!!!!!

  16. Ashley says:

    This pasta looks sooooo tasty! And I love the dessert roundup. Mmmm…

  17. Great roundup Joanne – I just got very hungry! And, congrats on the new sponsorship 🙂

  18. Hannah says:

    Ho-boy! THAT GLOWING CHEESECAKE! And the pistachio avocado creme brulee. Both, please.

  19. Audra says:

    Woah- what a roundup! I am seriously in love with so many of the things you posted. I have been especially thinking about Caramel Machiatto as a cupcake flavor- will be bookmarking that one for sure!

  20. Erica Berman says:

    Oh man, it all looks amazing! I have to try the pasta!!

  21. Pam says:

    First of all, that pasta looks creamy and delicious! Secondly, the desserts are making me drool. Every.Single.One.Of.Them!

  22. bahhhh and now I’m hungry for lunch. Curse your gorgeous pictures!!! 😉 😉

  23. Love the roundup and congrats on being on Marcus’ site today! I met him in November in Barbados and posted about it. It was SUCH a cool experience. Congrats on the guestie!

  24. Amy says:

    I’ll take one of each, please. Maybe 2.

  25. Ugh. That picture of the sweet and salty brownies should be illegal.

  26. Alisa says:

    Oh my goodness, I really shouldn’t be looking at that many pictures of frosting this early in the day!

  27. Joanne you are killing me with those desserts!! I love that pasta! we make a similar one and it is so stinking creamy and delicious! Can’t get enough!

  28. cindspectus says:

    How have I never seen red velvet black’n’white cookies before? They look so good!

  29. Congrats lady!! I wish you were my Valentine – all these recipes look so fabulous!

  30. Sarah says:

    i want this pasta now!!!

  31. Congrats on the IBM campaign! Um…all of these desserts look so so amazing, and for the sake of my figure I’m glad that I’m feeling too lazy to bake anything right now 😉

  32. Katie says:

    Congrats on the IBM gig! The pasta looks great and so do all these fabulous desserts!

  33. The pasta sounds great and it looks creamy and delish!! All the desserts look good, the pictures are awesome!! The brownies are calling my name right now!!

  34. That Girl says:

    I was just having a “discussion” on my moms’ board because someone noticed I cook with kale a lot. She wanted some tips and recipes – I’m going to point her to this!

  35. I’ll be heading over to see the recipe for this delicious pasta! Creamy sweet potato and kale? I’m sold.

    Congratulations on the IBM conference!!

  36. teresa says:

    i can’t wait to check out that pasta! it looks awesome!

    congratulations! you’ll have a lot of great input!

  37. All of your desserts are Valentine’s Day worthy! I want that caramel apple cheesecake pie badly…

  38. Debbie says:

    I would like to sample a little of each dessert! They all look sooo good!

  39. bellini says:

    Everything looks amazing Joanne. Happy Valentines Day.

  40. Natalie G says:

    Everything looks incredible! I’d like a bite out of each right now. Also, your pasta looks great, sweet potato cream sounds heavenly!

  41. Thanks for sharing all the awesome V-Day recipes. Everything looks so delicious and I want to try all of them!

  42. Hannah says:

    Crazy as it may sound, this is one of the few times when I might leave the desserts and take the pasta… It just looks that good! I’ve also been on a sweet potato kick lately, so no doubt that’s helping to sway my cravings. 😉

  43. Oh whoa! I’ll take one of everything please!!! And the pasta… just divine!

  44. Katie says:

    I want all those. I think I should probably make the sweet potato pasta though. 🙂 Thanks for all the inspiration!

  45. Awesome round-up! I seriously want to make it all!

    Oh and that pasta – holy yum that cream sauce sounds to die for.

  46. Cathleen says:

    Yum!! What a round-up! I will be going on a cupcake-making spree soon, they all look to die for

  47. Chaya says:

    You are going to corrupt us with all these beauties. Thanks.

  48. Kari says:

    I am suddenly feeling very hungry. I don’t think I’d be able to share any of these with another person tomorrow 😉

  49. Hotly Spiced says:

    What beautiful looking pasta and that’s a great dessert round-up for Valentine’s Day. xx

  50. How many Valentine’s Day desserts are socially acceptable for one person to make and eat?

  51. Blond Duck says:

    I may attempt red velvet cupcakes tonight!

  52. Joanne, you have some seriously good sweet treats!
    The pasta looks mouthwatering!

  53. The pasta looks delicious and sounds healthy but the desserts – oh my, so many wonderful choices. Where to start? what to pick?

  54. You’re desserts are always fabulous. I should start running marathons to justify eating them…or just eat them 🙂

  55. Reeni Pisano says:

    All these delectable desserts! I’ll be seeing them in my dreams tonight! I LOVE the pasta! I am addicted to sweet potatoes.

  56. “Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Nutella Filling and Chocolate Ganache”– I don’t think that name is legal. Raspberry nutella filling? Excuse me while I gain 10 pounds, because that sounds pretty irresistible!

    That pasta sounds SO GOOD too! Hello 8 am, I’m already hungry for lunch.

  57. what a roundup- i’d love one of each please 🙂

  58. Ashley Bee says:

    These desserts have made me quite hungry.

  59. I remember that caramel-apple cheesecake!
    Fondly I might add!

  60. grace says:

    i tolerate valentine’s day because of all the delicious desserts it inspires.

  61. Chris says:

    I gained 5 lbs just looking at all of those pictures!

  62. Ranjani says:

    I’ve done something similar with pureed butternut squash – it’s amazing how decadent it tastes!

  63. This has to be one of the most incredible, delicious, amazing display of fabulous dessert recipes that I have ever seen or read! If I could prepare each and every one of them, I’d be so delighted and overly obese. . . . and my husband would be so happy, he’d tolerate my extra body fat!

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  65. Heather says:

    I had the link to the Sweet Potato Cream pasta recipe saved but now the link is down and I never printed the recipe! How can I get it? I loved it so much!

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