This recipe really just happened by pure chance this weekend. We got home from taking grandma out for the morning and needed to make lunch, and of course we wanted something fast and simple. I had a look around and in the fridge for what we had and, on a whim, I thought ok sweet potatoes, good, asparagus, good. . . and finally pasta, good too, so that was the combination! We had just bought some orzo pasta with grammy this morning so that was settled, now for the sauce: a rich, creamy and spicy sauce made with sweet potatoes and to complete it some crunch was needed, and that was covered with my asparagus! Lunch could be ready in 10, I was ready to roll!
This little experiment turned out tasting a lot like mac ‘n cheese by pure chance! It’s creamy, thick and full of flavor, all in a matter of 10-15 minutes.
Use your favorite pasta and make according to the directions on the package. I recommend boiling it while you make the sauce, as it is all really quick.
Mac ‘n Cheese: Take 2
Yield: about 1 cup of sauce depending on how thick you like it
Ingredients for the sauce
1 sweet potato
1/4 c. coconut milk
1/2 c. water
2 Tbs nutritional yeast
1/2 vegetable stock cube
1-2 chili peppers
salt to taste (I always use Himalayan)
1. Super simple: boil or steam the potato, it’s best if you cut it into small pieces so it cooks faster. Blend all the ingredients together in a food processor (I use the Nutri Bullet and I love it!) . I used about 1/2 c. of water to thin it out, but this is really up to you, you can make it as thick or thin as you like by adding more or less waters. Also spice it up as much as you like, or not at all!
Crunchy Sesame Asparagus Sauté
Ingredients for the Asparagus
1 c. chopped asparagus
1 garlic clove
1 Tbs sesame oil
1. Heat the oil in a pan with the garlic. Add in the asparagus after about a minute. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes – you still want it to be crunchy.
Use your favorite pasta and follow the directions on the package. Toss the cooked pasta and asparagus together. Add in the sweet potato sauce spoonfuls at a time so you get the right amount you like, without drowning it! Toss all together and chow down!