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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Parmesan

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These Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Parmesan are sure to make your taste buds do a little happy dance… right on top’a the dinner table!

Here’s what’s in store for you- cubes of sweet potatoes that are soft in the center, and crispy on the edges… a little diced, center-cut bacon… some grated Parmesan for good measure, and just a kiss of onion, ground cumin, and smoked paprika to wrap it all up. In a neat little present for your mouth, with a bow. Trust me- make these.


What are you throwin’ on your Thanksgiving tables? I still haven’t decided what I’m bringing to Thanksgiving. I’m pretty sure these Roasted Sweet Potatoes are going. I run a food blog, but I’ve never hosted Thanksgiving. I’m not full of a ton’a tips and tricks like I wish I was because, to be honest, I still rely on mama to take over Thanksgiving. I have no shame about it. I’ll shout it from the rooftops, because I’m more than happy to hand over roasting a big ol’ bird to someone else. It’s a legitimate fear of mine to cook a giant Turkey! I do, however, lend a hand with making side dishes. Yep! I’m all about them side dishes. So I’ll continue to do my part by using my creativity to dream up yummy sides each year.

Listen to this: Eric hates sweet potatoes. scratch that, he looooooathes sweet potatoes. Because of this, I’ve never done much with’m, because I don’t wanna hear him whine about how they are the worst. I don’t dislike the things, and I’ve never been deeply in love with them. That all changed the day I threw this recipe together… All of it.

The sweet pahtoodle heavens opened up, guys. Eric completely enjoyed a plate full of these Roasted Sweet Potatoes next to some spicy roasted chicken breast! The thing is, they’re sooooo sweet, they need a lil’ balance… They need salty, they need flavor. Please don’t hate me for this statement- the very last thing a sweet potato needs is more sugar and marshmallows. I know, I know. Opinions are like… well, never mind. I really believe it though… neither of us has ever met a sweet potater casserole that we really liked. To us, it was a dessert! It belongs on a dessert table.

Now that I’ve finally broken our aversion to sweet potatoes, this recipe will definitely be on the dinner table more often than not. I hear that they’re very healthy, good for your skin and bones and stuff. Plus… bacon. What’s not to like? We just love’m.

Let’s get into the kitchen!

Preheat yer oven to 425 degrees. Then, cut up 1.5 pounds of sweet potatoes into small, bite-size cubes.

Now dice up 5 slices of center-cut bacon. Try to make it kinda-sorta small, so it moves around and distributes better throughout the dish.

Add goodies to your taters: The diced bacon, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp kosher salt, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, and 1/2 tsp cumin. Trust me when I say this- the addition of cumin is magical, and it will not make you think Mexican food. I don’t know why I decided to throw cumin in this recipe, but I’m so happy I did.

Spread the magical mixture onto a large sheet pan, and spray that baby with some olive or avocado cooking spray. Place’m into the oven, and let that oven do its mystical oven thing where stuff turns instantly delicious, and caramelized, and perfect. Let’m go for about 25-30 minutes… right up until the moment the bacon looks crispy, and those taters are just a lil brown and crispy on the edges.

And can you believe this- we’re done. So easy! And so GOOD!

I’m not going to hold it against you if these just can’t replace your sweet potato casserole for turkey day, but will hold it against you if you don’t add these to your dinner plate on some random Thursday evening. Because dang it, they are just delish!

with love from my kitchen to yours,
4.93 from 28 votes

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Parmesan

Roasted sweet potatoes coated in parmesan cheese, spices, and lil bits of diced bacon. A new favorite side dish that is easy and delicious! 
Prep Time5 minutes
Active Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Yield: 8
Author: Star @ the skinny-ish dish


  • 1-½ pounds sweet potatoes cubed, peeled
  • 5 slices center cut bacon raw, diced
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • olive oil or avocado oil cooking spray


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl add potatoes, bacon, parmesan, all spices, and olive oil. Mix together very well. 
  • Place aluminum foil on sheet pan and light spray. Place the coated sweet potato mixture onto sheet pan and spread evenly. Spray the top of the potato mixture with a little more cooking spray. 
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • Serve warm and enjoy! 


Serves: 8. Serving Size: heaping 1/2 C. (3 ounces)
Calories: 106. Fat: 2.5g, Saturated Fat: .5g, Carbohydrates: 17g, Fiber: 2.5g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 4g. 
WeightWatchers Points: 4 Points
Turn on your oven and be prepared to be wowed with my easy and delicious Sheet Pan Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Parmesan!  It’s one of the best side dish recipes you can bring to the table for any meal, whether it’s a Tuesday or Thanksgiving! #sweetpotatoes #bacon #ww

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  1. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe! I have made it several times and have it for breakfast all week. I also have an egg with it. So delicious! Thank you, Star!!!

  2. 5 stars
    I have made this many times and LOVE it for breakfast with a fried egg and arugula on top.

    Was craving it this morning but didn’t have any sweet potatoes. I substituted butternut squash and it was just as awesome. A real win for me since I don’t have potatoes as a zero point food on WW right now.

  3. If I only have Kraft grated parm in the green jar thing, will that work? I know it’s not ideal, but has anyone tried it?

  4. Holy SHIT is this great!! The bottoms of the potatoes got all caramelized and crispy on the bottoms. SO GOOD! We make quick eggs in a mini waffle maker, slap it on top of the sweet potatoes, and drizzle it with maple syrup. We double it and do meal prep for work lunches. Perfection. Warning: while this is a lovely, low calorie dish, it ceases being low calorie if you eat the whole pan. ‍♀️

      1. 5 stars
        Just saw the comment about eating the whole pan as I was searching for the service size. I agree! I marvel I make this recipe at how darn good it is for the point value on Purple. I love it for breakfast with a fried egg on top.

  5. 5 stars
    I made this and it was amazing!! My sister and I absolutely love this recipe! We usually only have sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving! But now this recipe is on a weekly rotation. Thank You Star!!!

  6. 5 stars
    Best recipe EVER. Surprised more people don’t talk about this one.

    My IG is @stephanierowells

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe is perfection! It started off as something special I’d make for Thanksgiving but has turned into something that makes it into my weekly rotation. My husband loves it with eggs over easy. I love it as a side to almost any meal. @dawnlong626

  8. 5 stars
    Another winning recipe. I served this for dinner with Teriyaki Salmon in the Insta Pot. Delicious blending of flavors. This morning, I heated up the left overs and made two fried eggs to put on top–SOOOO good! We get lots of sweet potatoes from our CSA during the fall and winter so it’s nice to have a way to dress the them up without adding a lot of WW points.

  9. 5 stars
    Wow!! Made this tonight and it was delicious! I will never want sweet potatoes made another way now!

  10. 5 stars
    I have made this twice now since Thanksgiving . It’s a keeper . My husband and I also felt like you guys about sweet potatoes , but this recipe changed everything . Great at breakfast , too .

  11. 5 stars
    Omgoodness!! This is the bomb!!! I also find it using diced butternut squash. I can’t describe him w GOOD this recipe is!!

  12. 5 stars
    This is one of my family’s favorite side dishes! I love that they are so easy to make and low in points. My sister always requests that I make these whenever we have a family gathering. Absolutely delicious!

  13. 5 stars
    I’m not super crazy for sweet potatoes but I’m SUPER crazy for them made this way!!! So much flavor!!

  14. 5 stars
    These potatoes are BEYOND AMAZING!! They are a hit with crowds, and our family eats them at least once per week!!

  15. 4 stars
    I made these and they were delicious. My husband loved it and said this recipe is definitely a Do Over! I especially loved the crunchy bits of parmesan that were on the pan. My potatoes came out very soft once they were cooked. I wish there was a way to crisp them up a bit. I may try this recipe in small batches in the air fryer.

  16. 5 stars
    This was so SO good. The flavors were so well balanced. My husband also dislikes sweet potatoes and I almost couldn’t get him to try. He ended up eating several helpings and said I should definitely make it again. Thank you!

    1. I’m so happy y’all enjoyed, Stacey!!! Thanks for stopping by to rate it and let me know!

  17. I made this last night and it was amazing! My husband and daughter loved it and they agreed with me that it will definitely be on our Thanksgiving menu. THANK YOU for another fantastic recipe!

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