Jan 12, 2009

Pasta with Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli

Alright!! First Recipe, I found this online and decided to try it and it was AMAZINGLY good and good for you even better. This is really high in beta-carotene and fiber.

12 oz. whole grain penne, pasta shells or rigatoni pasta
3 cup 3/4-inch pieces peeled red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams)
3 cup broccoli florets (fresh, not frozen)
2 Tbls. olive oil (pref. extra virgin)
3 garlic cloves minced
Generous pinch of ground nutmeg
1/4 cup parmesan cheese (optional:

Cook pasta in large pot boiling salted water 5 min. Add sweet potatoes and cook 5 min. more. Add broccoli and cook unitl pasta and vegetables are tender about 3 min. longer. Ladle 1 cup cooking liquid into small bowl and reserve. Drain pasta and vegetables.

Heat oil in same pot over med. heat. Add garlic; stir 1 min. Add pasta and vegetables to pot and stir to coat with oil mixture. Add reserved cup of pasta cooking liquid and toss until mixture is heated through. Stir in Nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to large bowl. Sprinkle with cheese if desired.

This dish is wonderfully subtle but hearty comfort food. The Nutmeg is different but goes very well with the yams and really makes this yummy.

Serves: 4 (comfortably)
Preparation time: 25-30min

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