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It has been a little while since I have taken the time to do some serious cooking and writing.  My new year’s resolution is to try and cook something new once a week, and then take the time to share with everybody. Last night I was craving something cheesy, full of carbs and really filling. I cruised through my pasta board on Pinterest and finally decided (with the help of my cooking partner) on sweet potato cream pasta with baked kale on top. It looked great, was veggie friendly, and topped in cheese and greens, perfection. Original recipe found here :http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/03/sweet-potato-cream-pasta-with-crispy-kale/

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet potato – peeled, boiled, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot – chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves – chopped
  • 1 table spoon flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of skim milk (or whatever you have available)
  • 2 tablespoons of shredded Romano cheese
  • 1 package of whole wheat pasta (I used spaghetti)
  • 1 head of kale (leaves torn from stem)
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper

Directions:

Boil sweet potato for 15 minutes then mash

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Pre heat over to 350. In a mixing bowl add kale,sesame oil, Romano cheese, salt and pepper. Toss kale using hands to coat completely, approximately one to two minutes. Lay kale on baking tray and cook 15 minutes or until crispy and golden, toss mid way through. 

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Boil pasta as per instructions.

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For the sauce use a large size pan or skillet mix butter, olive oil, shallots and garlic over medium low heat on stove. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until soft. Add in flour, increase to medium heat, whisk to create a roux type texture. Once golden, use whisk to mix in the milk and mashed sweet potato. It will take few minutes to thicken up, once it has come together turn to low and add in about another 1/2 cup of Romano cheese. If the texture is to thick, just add a splash of milk to thin out. Next, mix pasta and sauce together top with more Romano and the baked kale. Also, if you are into spicy feel free to add in chili flakes for some kick.

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I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did, a glass of red wine goes perfectly.

Ash

 

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