Monday, November 22, 2010

Pasta with Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Bacon

Pasta with Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Bacon

Let’s pause for a moment, shall we, and be amazed that a mere one day after posting a review of The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living from Mark Bittman, I am already posting a recipe!  Yes, I know, some bloggers actually manage to try two or three recipes before they post a review cough*Natashya*cough, but I am not some food bloggers.  First of all I don’t have the patience to methodically try an assortment of recipes before I review the book, and second of all, I think I can pretty much tell by looking through the book whether it’s going to be good or not.

Like for example, this recipe.  I had it listed in yesterday’s review to try, because I thought it sounded good.  And I was right.  It was good.  It was lunchroom-envy good.  Yep, it makes people come sniffing around your lunch asking what your eating.  The combo of the bacon and the sweet potatoes just can’t be beat.  I don’t have to tell you how easy this was:  one roasting pan + one pot for pasta = one happy camper.

Pasta with Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Bacon

  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 bacon slices or 4 ounces of pancetta, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons pimenton (smoked paprika)
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 8 ounces any cut pasta
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives (I subbed parsley)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Heat the oven to 400.  Put the sweet potatoes, bacon and oil in a large roasting pan (I used a braising pan), sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss.  Roast, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes.

Remove from oven, dust with the paprika, add the onion to the pan, stir and continue roasting for another 15 minutes.

Cook pasta in boiling, salted water.  Drain and reserve some of the cooking water.  Remove the roasting pan from the oven and stir in a bout 1/2 cup of the cooking water, scraping up any browned bits.  Add  pasta, chives and cheese to the pan and toss to combine.  Serve hot or at room temperature. 

Serves 4

This will be my entry for Heart ‘n Soul Blog Hop

And

 

for this week’s Presto Pasta Nights hosted by Denise of Oh Taste n See .

and

for Tackling Bittman at A Moderate Life.

Tackling Bittman Recipe Hop at A Moderate Life

 

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31 comments:

Joanne said...

Haha i do NOT know how Natashya does it. I like to think I have intuition when it comes to cookbooks as well. And this one, for this recipe ALONE, is definitely a keeper.

Melynda said...

I agree, by now I know when something is going to be good. This does look good, and I love those darn sweet potatoes. Thanks.

Lyndsey said...

What a perfect dish! Looks lovely, sounds so tasty and it has bacon!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Sweet potatoes and bacon, my new favorite combination! I'm going to try this over spinach instead of pasta.

Judi said...

Good first choice. It's Bittman. How bad could it be?

Lea Ann said...

What a delicious combination. I'm with Joanne, I have no idea how superwoman blogger Natasha does it.

La Table De Nana said...

Pasta..bacon and BS..What a great trio.

Barbara said...

I often roast sweet potatoes just to serve with dinner, but never thought to use it in pasta.
Of course, bacon never hurts, does it? Gosh, this really looks good, Pam.

Amy said...

Lol. Ya, Natashya...she's a machine when it comes to cookbook reviews. I completely take your word for it though. I hear ya on those sweet potatoes and bacon. Mmmm.

June said...

Yum...all that and smoked paprika too! Wow. Looks delicious.

Marjie said...

I fall into the category of one who can just tell if she'll love the cookbook or not. And as for this recipe? Well, I love sweet potatoes, and who can go wrong with bacon?

Kim said...

Natashya is a kitchen goddess, but so are you! I love that this is your first choice from Bittman's new book. Looks delicious.

Julie said...

I would have been one of the people sniffing around your lunch that day. Yum :)

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

Oh lordy....I love roasted sweet potatoes, but with bacon and pasta? That has to be outstanding! Great recipe.

KarenP said...

Mmmm, that does sound good!

5 Star Foodie said...

Lovely pasta dish. I like the addition of pimenton for the smoky flavors and the combination of sweet potatoes and pasta.

Pam said...

Nice flavors and textures in this pasta.

Chanel11 said...

Oh that is definitely lunch-room-envy-esque, in fact it's also dinner-envy-esque :)

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Yup - that's a winner - pasta, sweet potato and bacon - yum! Must check out that book :-)
Sue

grace said...

have i ever eaten pasta and potatoes in the same dish? i'm thinking no. i've been a foolish, foolish girl. :)

Reeni said...

The sweet and salty combo of sweet potatoes and bacon is irresistible! I am always amazed at Natashya's reviews too!

girlichef said...

Oh, I love this book! And this sounds like a dish I'd totally love...can't go wrong w/ sweet potatoes and bacon, imo. Wonderful...thanks for sharing it w/ the hearth and soul hop this week, Pam. Have a great turkey day!

katiez said...

I would not have thought to pair sweet potatoes with pasta.... but this does sound delicious!

Christy said...

I am another Bittman fan - almost every recipe of his I have made has been a winner - and the ones that aren't my favorites are still OK! Anything with pasta and bacon is a winner and sweet potatoes are so delicious roasted! Thanks for sharing this with the Hearth and Soul Hop!

Chris said...

Nice execution of this one, I like it! More importantly, Alexis will LOVE it with the sweet potatoes.

KarenP said...

I made this last night and it was wonderful! We were out of town for the holiday and I made sure I had the ingredients before we left. It was the perfect thing to make the day we returned. Thanks for sharing it!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Hi Pam - just came back to say, so glad you linked this up to Tackling Bittman :-)
Sue

Christy said...

Swinging back by to say thanks for linking this to the Bittman Hop!!

Helen said...

I was pleasantly surprised at how good this was. What a perfect combination of flavors. Meant to add spinach and then decided on a spinach,apple and walnut salad. Served everything with ham. YUM! My new comfort food combo.

Dr. Laura @ WhoIsLaura.com said...

Looks amazing! And, goodness, looks like I need to go get another Bittman cookbook. Just recently got How to Cook Everything and LOVE it. So, I'm hooked on Bittman!

Thanks for sharing with the Tackling Bittman Recipe Hop!

Dr. Laura

Sweet and Savory said...

I think all of Bittman's recipes are great but this one sounds like one of those top recipes. Of course, having sweet potatoes might be the reason. Good job with this.

Thanks for linking to Tackling Bittman.