Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bow ties with sweet potatoes and turkey sausage

New pasta recipes have been my choice of late since they're usually pretty quick to throw together. This recipe for bow ties with sweet potatoes and smoked turkey sausage only takes about 30 minutes to put together. The original recipe from Food and Wine's Quick From Scratch Pasta originally called for Canadian bacon, but I couldn't find Canadian bacon at Meijer. But, I did have about half a pound of smoked turkey sausage in the freezer, so I pulled that out and substituted. I also used fresh thyme instead of dried sage.

This recipe is really good, and I'd definitely make it again. The sweet potatoes are really unusual, but yummy.

Bow ties with sweet potatoes and smoked turkey sausage (4 servings)
2 Tbsp. of extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 sweet potato (1/2 lbs.), peeled, cut in half lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices
1/4 cup of water
3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme
1/8 tsp. of ground cayenne
1/2 tsp. of salt
1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes (16-oz)
1/2 lbs. smoked turkey sausage, diced
1/2 lbs. bow tie pasta

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sweet potato and cook 5 minutes, or until the onions are soft. Then, add the tomatoes, water, cayenne pepper, and salt. Simmer for 10 minutes, then add the sausage and thyme and cook for 5 minutes longer.

Meanwhile, cook the bow ties according to pasta directions.

Toss the cooked pasta with the sauce and serve and ENJOY :-)!