Here's a way to use the “power vegetables” sweet potato and red bell pepper in a satisfying vegetarian pasta dish full of fresh herbs and creamy goat cheese. Any fresh herbs you have on hand, like basil, oregano, sorrel or chives, can be substituted for the tarragon. Serve with a garden salad.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2008

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total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta until just tender, 4 to 5 minutes or according to package directions.

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  • Meanwhile, place 1 tablespoon oil and garlic in a large skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is sizzling and fragrant, 2 to 5 minutes. Add sweet potato, bell pepper, tomatoes and water and cook, stirring occasionally, until the bell pepper is tender-crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and keep warm.

  • Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Return the pasta to the pot. Add the vegetable mixture, the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, parsley, tarragon, vinegar (or lemon juice), salt and cheese; toss to combine. Add the reserved pasta water, 2 tablespoons at a time, to achieve the desired consistency.

Nutrition Facts

411 calories; protein 13.6g 27% DV; carbohydrates 68.3g 22% DV; dietary fiber 11.4g 45% DV; sugars 9.3g; fat 11.1g 17% DV; saturated fat 3.2g 16% DV; cholesterol 6.5mg 2% DV; vitamin a iu 16177.3IU 324% DV; vitamin c 65.3mg 109% DV; folate 74.5mcg 19% DV; calcium 92.2mg 9% DV; iron 3.4mg 19% DV; magnesium 121.6mg 43% DV; potassium 699.6mg 20% DV; sodium 567.3mg 23% DV; thiamin 0.4mg 42% DV.

Reviews (44)

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45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 35
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Mine did not look like the picture but it tasted great! Would definatley make it again. Josh South Africa Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I wasn't a big fan of this and I took all the other reviewers advice. I just thought the whole thing was very bland. I added more garlic some onion more tomatoes crushed red pepper italian seasoning and I used herb goat cheese. Nothing. Not enough flavor at all. I really wanted to like it too but it just didn't work out for me. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
The flavors were good but the texture is strange. I would've much preferred roasted sweet potatoes and bell peppers. The shredding of the sweet potatoes is a lot of work for an odd result. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I had to substitute the tarragon for basil and goat cheese for sharp white cheddar and it turned out very tasty. I think next time I'll add crushed red pepper flakes! Amy Leist Columbus OH Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
With a little modification this recipe is great. It definitely needs a little zip. I like to add some red pepper flakes. Sometimes I'll put in jalepeno chicken sausage which adds nice texture and spice. Size of the sweet potato is important! A small one goes a long way! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious! Flavoursome! After reading other user comments I was a bit afraid to follow the recipe as given. I was tempted to try adding flavour as so many other users recommended. I resisted and am so happy. This was an amazing dish - so quick to prepare and I think the flavours are not only strong but delicious! For those who called the dish bland I can only assume they were either not using real goat cheese or not using fresh tarragon. The combination of these two ingredients was just amazing. And I was wary - I really wanted a more traditional italian herb to use ie: oregano or thyme. I'm very glad I didn't. The dish was perfect. Can't wait to have it again. Pros: Really quick easy delicious Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2017
Love this dish. Really easy to make with a food processor and delicious. Been making it frequently over the last 6. years. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I actually think this dish exceeded my expectations -- my husband agreed that it was "more than the sum of its parts." For those who think it's bland I imagine they are not used to delicate flavors and having things really taste of just themselves. My two little ones ages 3 and 1 both ate this very happily as well. I was pleased that the shredded sweet potato clings to the pasta which is nice texturally for the grown-ups but also means that little ones can't pick the dish apart -- each time they eat a noodle they'll almost certainly have to be eating the sweet potato with it. All in all a very surprising "keeper" and as a bonus quite budget-friendly! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I wanted to love this but found it bland. Adding more salt didn't help. Not a whole lot of flavor. Frank Enbean Bev Hills CA Read More