You can never have too many quick and easy meals in your recipe arsenal. If the recipe is family-friendly and likely to please everyone at the table, all the better. If it’s also a one-pot meal that provides all the protein and veggies you need in one sitting, then it’s a real keeper.
Sweet Potato Pasta is just this type of meal. High in protein from ground beef, the dish also contains a healthy and dense source of carbs (sweet potato) and a few brightly colored vegetables (tomatoes and bell pepper). Although you could serve this over zucchini or celeriac “noodles” there’s really no need. Just fill your bowl with sweet potato pasta sauce and dig in.
If you’re a fan of sweet potatoes, you’ll love the quick-cooking trick this recipe reveals. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the potato down into thin strips. Stirred into simmering sauce or broth, the potato cooks quickly and evenly. Adding strands of sweet potato to this simple recipe transforms it from good to really, really delicious.
Servings: 2, with leftovers
Time in the Kitchen: 45 minutes
2 tablespoons olive oil (30 ml)
1 onion, finely chopped
1 or more bell peppers, finely chopped
12 white mushrooms, sliced
1 teaspoon dried oregano (5 ml)
1 pound ground beef (450 g)
1 large or 2 smaller sweet potatoes, peeled
24 to 28 ounces (680 g to 795 g) of your favorite pasta sauce (or crushed tomatoes)
Salt and pepper
Fresh herbs for garnish, if desired
In a deep sauté pan or skillet over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil and sauté the onion, bell pepper and mushroom until soft, 5 minutes.
Add the ground beef, season with oregano, salt and pepper. Cook until browned.
Once the meat is browned, grab the vegetable peeler and peel thin strips of sweet potato into the skillet until you have about 2 large handfuls of strips. Add more sweet potato strips if you prefer.
Pour in the tomato sauce. Mix well, turn the heat down slightly. cover and simmer for 15 minutes. If the sauce seems dry while simmering, add a little water.