Monday, November 23, 2009

Pasta with Roast Sweet Potato and Pasta

Roasted Sweet Potato Pasta


Thanks to my CSA I have something like 20 pounds of sweet potatoes, which since they last so long in our cool garage (holder of sweet potatoes and junk, but not cars), is not a bad thing to have. While they make a lovely side dish, for a weeknight dinner, I am all about one plate meals. Pile it on a plate, slice some bread, and call it dinner.

So, I turned to Donna Hay. She never lets me down, especially when it comes to simple dishes that look much harder and fancier than they are. I'm all about things that make me look like I worked harder than I did. How else am I going to justify the fact that I need individual gratin dishes. I want some cute ones, maybe in red. It's all your fault, I've seen them popping up in blogs all over, and I have become obsessed with finding some.

Sweet Potato Pasta


Anyway, I looked through The New Cookby Donna Hay and found Pasta with Roast Sweet Potato and Fetta. You know what it is even better about this simple pasta dish??!! It comes with it's own salad, built right in. You serve the pasta over some fresh baby spinach, which sounded kind of weird, but totally worked. The sweetness of the sweet potatoes, the tang of the feta, the bitey sweetness of the leeks and the rosemary, all wonderful!

Pasta with Roast Sweet Potato and Feta
Serves 4

1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (peeled and diced) (only I didn't peel)
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt
3 leeks, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
14 oz pasta
2 tablespoons butter
6 oz marinated feta, chopped (I just used regular)
8 oz baby spinach leaves
cracked black pepper
grated parmesan

Toss the sweet potatoes with one tablespoon of the oil, salt and pepper, and spread on a baking sheet. Roast at 400 for 30 minutes or until soft and browned.

Place 1 tablespoon oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the leeks and the rosemary and cook for about 7 minutes, or until soft and golden.

Cook pasta in boiling, salted water per directions. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add the sweet potatoes, leeks, butter and feta. Toss to combine.

Place piles of spinach on plate and top with pasta, sprinkle with parmesan and a generous grinding of fresh ground pepper.

This will be my entry for this week's Presto Pasta Nights hosted by Deb of Kahakai Kitchen.

Smudge


P.S. I've entered Smudge in a Cute Senior Cat Contest on Facebook. He would be ever so appreciative if you would vote for him.

26 comments:

buffalodick said...

Carbohydrate loading at it's finest! Tavolini would love this!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I'm sure you will win the contest, Pam. Smudge is just SO beautiful... Great picture..

I love your pasta/sweet potato dish also. Thanks for the recipe.

Have a great day/week.
Hugs,
Betsy

chapot said...

I love your pasta and your cat too, Smudge has so wonderfull eyes !

Esme said...

Pam thanks for donating food-I will have to come back and talk to you later-your photos are great. I am horrible with food photography.

Smudge could win many contests-he has a beautiful face.

Helen said...

Wow! This sounds delicious .... just may have to prepare two different versions of sweet potatoes this year!

Happy Thanksgiving .......

Pam said...

This is a fanastic pasta dish - I love sweet potatoes.

Smudge is so darn cute.

Amy said...

Ah Pam, I do so enjoy reading you. I also need to check out this Donna Hay you (and others) have mentioned (a few times)- she sounds like a winner. Now, how do I convert Paul into a sweet potato lover? Grr.

Judi said...

Sounds delicious! BTW, I'm campaigning for Smudge on FB and my blog.

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Never thought of tossing sweet potato into pasta. I have a sweet potato in the fridge right now.

Marjie said...

Colorful and easy; what could be better? I love sweet potatoes any way I can get them.

Smudge is so pretty. How could he not win? If I were a facebooker, I would vote for him twice!

A Year on the Grill said...

Smudge deserves to win! I love this recipe, been rediscovering sweet potatoes recently, and this sounds like a winner recipe thanks

Peter M said...

Pam, nice use of Feta...a foil to the sweet squash.

Barbara said...

I'm loving this recipe! Sweet potatoes and pasta? Great combination!

Smudge is adorable. Those eyes! Of course I will vote for him!

Nancy said...

I will certainly vote for Smudge! I also appreciate this recipe. I am always looking for meat-free recipes that include sweet potatoes. They are so good for you. Thanks. Now off to vote for Smudge...

Grace said...

how interesting! i can safely say i've never had potatoes and pasta together in one meal. i can also safely say i'd love every bite of it.

ARLENE said...

What a heavenly combination of ingredients. Smudge is precious, by the way.

5 Star Foodie said...

A delicious combo of sweet potatoes feta in this pasta!

Smudge is adorable!

Karine said...

That is a great way to use sweet potatoes. Thanks for sharing :)

Chris said...

TJ Maxx in Knox has red ramekins (Chantal and Le Creuset) for $9 for a 4 pack. Alexis found them for me this weekend. No gratin dishes though :(

But damn those ramekins are cute!

Michelle said...

Such a pretty dish and it sounds so good too!

Smudge is such a handsome cat. Beautiful picture!

Joanne said...

I actually think you've just found one of my new favorite pasta recipes. And I haven't even tasted it yet!

Those individual gratin dishes sound fantastic. I wish I had a set as well. AHEM! Parents! Friends! Family! Time to start dropping some hints.

hip chick said...

Oh I love sweet potatoes, I love feta and who doesn't love pasta!

Kim said...

I love the way the roasted sweet potatoes look with all that glorious pasta! Sounds like a great dish!

Lea Ann said...

You know, come to think of it I have a Donna Hay cookbook. I'm going to have to dig it out. I've not used it for a couple of years. This looks delicious by the way! Great photo.

beki said...

sounds delicious!!

Marie said...

Considering how much I rely on pasta for home meals, I have to say -- never thought of throwing in sweet potato! But now that I've thought about this dish, it's really piqued my interest. Must try soon!