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. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2008

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Ingredients

Directions

  • 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; 11.1 g total fat; 3.2 g saturated fat; 7 mg cholesterol; 567 mg sodium. 700 mg potassium; 68.3 g carbohydrates; 11.4 g fiber; 9 g sugar; 13.6 g protein; 16177 IU vitamin a iu; 65 mg vitamin c; 75 mcg folate; 92 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 122 mg magnesium;

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: 3 stars
10/04/2018
I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out fine. I made it for my family of 8 and while we all thought it was fine it wasn't our favorite recipe so I won't make it again. Though it was a nice change from our usual meals. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2018
This was yummy! At first I wasn't sure about shredding the sweet potato but the idea of it being hard for the kiddos to pick around encouraged me to do it. I'm so glad that I did. The process may be a bit tedious but it's so worth it. I like the texture it gave the pasta. That paired alongside the red pepper was perfect. I did make some changes to it however. None of them are major (at least to me they weren't) but for those who struggled with the flavors of this recipe might want to give them a try. Instead of using white wine vinegar I used the lemon juice; I knew I would like the flavor of the lemon over that of the vinegar. Since I thought that the recipe needed a bit more color variety I added a cup of spinach. I also changed the spices; I didn't have tarragon so I used: 1/2tsp of thyme and about 1tsp of rosemary. Delish! I will definitely be adding this one to the family's monthly rotation. Yum. Yum. Read More
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
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Rating: 4 stars
06/28/2017
Loved the taste but the texture was a bit off for me. I believe an easy fix for those who agree would be to make a sort of purê with the sweet potato and then mix the ingredients. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2015
Loved it Made this tonight. Added dry sauteed mushrooms. I loved it. Pros: Quick and easy Cons: None Read More
Rating: 2 stars
09/05/2014
Took suggestion & roasted vegetables Okay so I took suggestions from other reviewers and I cut the potato and pepper into a large dice. Then I roasted them along with a few plum tomatoes cut in half. To do so I tossed them with olive oil and roasted quickly at 400F. This resolved a lot of the cons noted among reviewers for me. The small amount of goat cheese is not enough protein for a dinner like this though. Pros: tasty pretty Cons: Not enought protein Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/25/2013
Disgusting Did not like this at all. Texture taste smell...all bad. Will not make again. Pros: None Cons: Fairly easy to prepare and assemble. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/09/2012
Great! Easy and healthy! This recipe was extremely delicious however the vegetables cook weird if you follow it step by step. After I cut the sweet potatoes and red pepper I put them on foil paper and roasted them in the oven at about 450 for ten minutes. Then I added them to the garlic and oil. It made the flavors come out so much better and they had a better crunch. I also used feta cheese instead of goat cheese and it tasted wonderful with the red peppers. I only recommend making your own sauce to go with it like a vinaigrette sauce because it can be sort of bland. Pros: Easy Nutritious Flavorful Cons: Weird texture needs sauce Read More
Rating: 2 stars
06/12/2012
Didn't like the goat cheese but otherwise good I thought the meal itself was very easy to make and filling. The only part that I didn't like was the goat cheese. Next time I might use seasoned cooking cream instead just to have the creamy texture. I also took the advice of other reviews and used the food processor to cut up the potato worked great Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/24/2012
Not terrible but needs improvement This dish was just ok. I used basil instead of tarragon but other than that I followed the recipe exactly. I admit I like strong flavors so I felt this dish needed a little something more. It actually tastes better cold today than it did last night! I think I may try adding sauteed onions or red pepper flakes to some of the left overs to see if that helps. Oh and I used very good goat cheese and fresh basil so I don't think that was the problem. Also shredding the sweet potato in the food processor made that part super quick and easy! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/13/2011
easy nice light sweet flavors I made this mostly according to the recipe but added a little extra garlic powder used lemon juice as was one of the options and used basil instead of tarragon. I would not call it bland though I see where people might be coming from in saying that. I think it is just a nice light sweet meal that integrates some extra veggies. I had hesitated to make this for quite some time because I was slightly weirded out by the sweet potatoes but they are very light and meld nicely with the dish. I would definitely make this again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
Good and different pasta recipe. Quick and easy I will make again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
Substituted parmesean cheese for the goat cheese--very tasty pasta! Even my very picky teenager liked it! Read More
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
Liked this a lot. I made it practically as written except I used fresh rosemary instead of the tarragon and didn't use as much water as it called for (didn't seem to need it). I thought it had a lot of flavor and my non-vegetarian husband loved it too. Nancy Scotia NY Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I made this as is with the exception of using the lemon zest from the lemon I used for juice. I found it so flavorful. Sweet and savory. One of the best vegetarian meals I've had in a long time! LZ Los Angeles CA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I was so excited to make this but I was very disappointed. It had no flavor I ended up throwing it all away. The goat cheese I used gave it a very weird taste so it might have been the problem. Ifeta Aliso Viejo CA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I'm sure the earlier reviewer meant to say that she substitute the basil for the tarragon and white cheddar for the goat cheese because the recipe calls for tarragon and goat cheese... so she must have used basil and white cheddar as the substitutes not the other way around. Grammar police (sorry) Southside NY Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This was really quite good if in need of a bit more salt and pepper. It came together pretty quickly and easily. I would make it again. Emily Castro Valley CA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This was so fast and easy to make and it turned out wonderful. I added 1/2 tsp. of bouillon paste to the water a splash of cheap chardonnay so I could put my "spin" on it. Enjoy! Heather San Francisco CA Read More
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
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
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
So fast and easy. The kids loved it. Debbie Boca Raton FL Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This was super! My entire family loved it and asked me to make it again soon. What a terrific way to use yams. x Smithfield RI Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I also made it "as is" and it is wonderful! I added some slightly wilted spinach to my leftovers just as delicious. Bean Brevard NC Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This is a really great dish!!! I made it as written and tasted it--great!!! But I had some leftover things I threw in like mushrooms and salmon. Really good and simple lunch!! Jennifer Trussville AL Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This was so good! I forgot the Terragon and used fetta instead of goat cheese. And I don't think I added enough water because it got kind of sticky when I put it all together but it tasted wonderful! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This dish was so good. I used thyme instead of tarragon feta instead of goat cheese and a little crushed red pepper on top for some spice. The taste and texture is so different from your everyday meal that it was truely a memorable meal. I will definitely make this again. It is the season for sweet potatoes...you got to make this one! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I was so excited to make this dish but was then a little disappointed! I followed the directions exactly except I used thyme instead of tarragon but found this dish had NO flavor! It looked awesome and had a good texture just no taste! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I just made this for the second time. The first time it was a bit bland so this time I added 2 extra cloves of garlic and nearly doubled the tomatoes. Also last time my sweet potato was too large so I selected a smaller one this time. I only had parsley so I added 3 generous tablespoons of that plus an extra splash of lemon juice. It was much more flavorful by just adding extras of what was called for in the recipe. 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: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I just made this for the first time and it was great! I followed the recipe exactly except I used parmesan cheese instead of goat cheese. I am not normally a fan of bell peppers but thought the pepper taste was mild and delicious. I will definitely be making this again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I made this dish as is except I used parmesan cheese instead of goat cheese. It had a lot of taste- I didn't need to add anything extra. I will be making it again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This is a regular in our household rotation. So simple to make and very filling. I make it just as the recipe is written and it has never let me down. My husband is a big meat eater and he does not mind eating this dish. I usually serve this with some type of green salad. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This dish was fantastic! I did do a few substitutions as we do not like whole tomatoes in our family instead we diced some sun-dried tomatoes used fresh basil instead of the other herbs and parmesan for the goat cheese. We also added grilled chicken to get a little more protein. It was very flavorful packed with vegetables and was a huge hit! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
My husband and I really liked this dish. I made a few changes in order to combat the comments from people about it not having enough flavor. I added about 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper some thinly sliced red onion some fresh dill and an extra clove of garlic. Delicious! 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
10/30/2011
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 normally like the recipies I try on Eating well... but this one just wasn't one of those. I followed it so I don't think I did anything wrong. But it was NOT good at all. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Thought it was great! Added 1/4 cup of onion based on reviews but not sure if it needed it. It does have a very mild flavor that I love! 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
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
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Another winner Trying to make Mondays meatless in my house and made this for dinner the other day. 4 of the 5 of us really really liked it...the 5th one is tough with anything that isn't a meat-lover's pizza. I used ingredients I already had so some slight changes. Skipped the red pepper since I didn't have one and swapped normal goat cheese for fig goat cheese. Was hesitant about that swap but it worked. Shredded the sweet potato in the food processor. Pros: Meatless easy kid-friendly Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Surprisingly Cheesy but pretty good Cooking this recipe was a little strange-- the vegetable mixture seemed oddly watery while it was cooking and I'm still unsure what "tender-crisp" means... But when it was all mixed together it fit texture-wise (despite what the other reviews have been saying). It was a lot creamier/cheesier than I expected it to be which wasn't a bad thing at all; I'm a huge goat cheese fan! I just didn't anticipate it. I'd also recommend more garlic and more parsley than the recipe calls for. But it was delicious and very satisfying! Pros: great flavor unique taste/texture of sweet potato satisfying Cons: could use more herbs and more garlic Read More