Sweet Potato & Red Pepper Pasta

Sweet Potato & Red Pepper Pasta

40 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2008

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.

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  • 8 ounces whole-wheat angel hair pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups shredded, peeled sweet potato, (about 1 medium)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup diced plum tomatoes
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar, or lemon juice
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup crumbled goat cheese


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  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta until just tender, 4 to 5 minutes or according to package directions.
  2. 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.
  3. Drain the pasta, reserving ½ 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 information

  • Serving size: 1¾ cups
  • Per serving: 411 calories; 11 g fat(3 g sat); 11 g fiber; 68 g carbohydrates; 14 g protein; 74 mcg folate; 7 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 16,177 IU vitamin A; 65 mg vitamin C; 92 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 567 mg sodium; 700 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (324% daily value), Vitamin C (108% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 4 starch, 2 fat

Reviews 40

February 27, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Loved it Made this tonight. Added dry sauteed mushrooms. I loved it. Pros: Quick and easy Cons: None
September 05, 2014
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By: jhlongbeach
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
February 25, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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.
July 08, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
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
June 12, 2012
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By: aneace85
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
January 24, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
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!
December 12, 2011
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By: Kat Y
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!
May 25, 2011
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By: ajhorse21
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
May 19, 2011
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By: amyincolorado
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