Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sweet Potato-Gruyere Pasta

I love thick, creamy, cheesy pasta sauces. They just warm you up and make you feel all good inside. Pasta is definitely one of the best comfort foods. This particular pasta dish makes an extra thick sauce that uses a fall favorite- sweet potatoes! They are a perfect complement to a healthy amount of gruyere cheese and basil.

Sweet Potato-Gruyere Pasta
serves 4-6
12 oz pasta, cooked according to the instructions on the package
¼ cup reserved pasta water
1 large sweet potato
8 ounces shredded gruyere cheese
3 cups milk
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
dried basil, to top
Pierce the sweet potato with a fork, place in a microwave dish with a little water, and microwave for 8-20 minutes, or until tender. Peel the sweet potato once it is cool enough to handle. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a pot over medium heat until melted. Whisk in the flour for one minute, and then slowly pour in the milk, mixing until there are no more lumps of flour. Stir in the cheese until it is melted and the mixture is thick and bubbly. Allow it to cool slightly before blending with the sweet potato and reserved pasta water until creamy. Mix in the pasta and top with the dried basil.

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