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!
Sweet Potato & Red Pepper Pasta
From EatingWell: 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.
40 Reviews for Sweet Potato & Red Pepper Pasta
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!
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!
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.
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.