Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Love and Sweet Potato, Mushroom and Pesto Pasta

“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the National Pasta Association and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.


Happy Fall everyone!

I love Fall! Its beautiful, the clothes are so comfortable, and of course, the FOOD.

 It's warm, savory and comforting.

Don't get me wrong, I love the fresh and sweet foods that come with Summer but I have a special place in my heart (and stomach) for savory foods.

Give me a pasta dish with something cheesy and I am in heaven. 

So of course when I found out that the Recipe Redux is hosting a challenge for National Pasta Month, sponsored by the National Pasta Association, I was EXCITED. 



There can be no better way to celebrate this amazing month than with this delicious combination of sweet and savory. 

Plus, we all know how much I love pasta, pasta and more pasta.

Pasta is the type of food that can be made in just a few minutes and is so versatile.

 You can add so many different ingredients to make it truly delicious and healthy.

It has gotten a bad reputation over the years, but it can be made very healthy and it is so easy to do so.

The most important part is to make sure you are using wheat or whole wheat based pastas, which are filled with fiber and protein which help you stay fuller, longer.

Add some veggies, a lean protein like chicken or fish, and you have a perfectly balanced and delicious dish.


What is even better is PESTO. I recently tried making it for the first time and I honestly don't know what took so long.

When you buy basil, it is usually less than 3 dollars and you get so much! 

I don't know about you but I have a seriously hard time keeping it alive. 

This is the perfect way to use up all that basil and preserve it for using it later.

Once you make the pesto, pour into an ice cube tray and freeze until you are ready to use it! 

Also IMPORTANT side note: Most pesto recipes are made with pine nuts, but jeez those little things are expensive. So I use slivered almonds here and it's just as good!


Easy, cheap and SO tasty.


Enough talking...Lets get cooking!



Ingredients

Pesto

2 cups fresh basil
1/4 cup sliced almonds
2-3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp ground pepper
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Sweet Potato, Mushroom and Pesto Pasta
Servings: 4
2 medium sweet potatoes
3 cups chopped white mushrooms
1/2 box of whole wheat spaghetti
4 tbsp pesto

Directions

1. Begin by placing all ingredients for pesto into food processor or blender except for the oil. While it begins to blend, slowly add the oil until you achieve a nice, smooth consistency. Set aside 4 tablespoons and put rest into ice tray to be frozen for later use.
2. Heat a pot of water and cook pasta according to box directions.
3. While that is working, begin to cut the sweet potatoes into small square sizes. Don't forget to peel the potato too!
4. Add the potatoes into a saute pan and fill with about 1/4 cup water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover. Cook this for about 10 minutes, or until the potatoes have softened and the water has dissolved.
5. Remove the sweet potatoes from the pan. Add 1/2 tbsp olive oil and saute the mushrooms on medium-high heat. This should take about 6-8 minutes.
6. Once they are almost done, add the sweet potatoes back into the pan. The pasta should be just about done, so add it directly into the pan as well. Reserve about 1/2 cup of the water you boiled the pasta in.
7. Mix everything together, then add the pesto. Add the starchy pasta water here to thin out the sauce a bit and to help tie it all together.
8. Toss and serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese!





So easy and so delicious!

Feel free to top with a few drops of fresh pesto as well, to give it a little more deliciousness.

As always, make it how you LOVE it!

I hope you enjoy!

Lots of LOVE,

Eva




2 comments:

  1. Wow! You've captured fall on the plate. Love the autumn combo of mushrooms and orange sweet potatoes!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! "fall on a plate" is a great way to explain it...love it!

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