I'm a big pasta fan. I could eat pasta every day and I'm always trying to create new recipes so my family doesn't get bored. I thought it would be a good idea to invent a dish with a little extra"something"--that extra being bacon, potatoes, sage, and green peas. The result was this feast of textures, colors and flavors. Because I'm committed to a healthy diet, I decided to try this quinoa pasta. By the way, this recipe has no salt: bacon is quite salty, so no need. I hope you like it!

Quinoa Pasta with sautéed vegetables and sage

Ingredients for 4 servings:

1 package of quinoa pasta
8 slices of bacon cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 cups of sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into sticks
2 cloves garlic, minced
10 fresh sage leaves, cut into strips
1 1/2 cups of frozen peas
Red pepper flakes
Grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation:

Put the pasta to cook in a pot of boiling water and follow package directions. Once the pasta is al dente, drain and reserve it.

In a skillet over medium heat, add the bacon to fry until golden, about 5 minutes. Put the bacon to drain on paper towels.

Discard half of the bacon fat. Add the olive oil over medium heat and sauté the sweet potatoes, for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Put the sweet potatoes to drain on paper towels.

In the same pan add the garlic to sauté and stir for 1-2 minutes. Add the sage and sauté for 30 seconds. Add the pasta and bacon and mix well. Add the sweet potatoes and peas, and mix. Sauté for 1-2 minutes.

Serve warm with a pinch of red pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese.

Images via Enriqueta Lemoine

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Enriqueta is a journalist that went from the newsroom to the world of public relations and 7 years ago discovered the beauty of creating content for various companies. She is based in South Florida, and is the creator of Savoir Faire The Pleasures of the Palate, a blog that marries two of her passions: writing and cooking. 

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