Creamy Spinach and Goat Cheese Pasta
with sweet potatoes / maple tarragon butter
This creamy spinach and goat cheese pasta is paired with sweet potatoes for a colorful plate that requires very little prep to get on the dinner table.
- Shallots - 1 clove, diced
- Pasta, any shape - 10 oz
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Spinach, baby - 6 oz
- Cheese, goat (sub grated parmesan) - 4 oz
- Tarragon, fresh (sub fresh thyme) - 2 tsp, chopped
- Butter, unsalted (if using salted, skip extra salt listed below) - 2 Tbsp
- Maple syrup - 1 tsp
- Salt - 1/4 tsp
- Potatoes, sweet, large - 2
- Maple tarragon butter (ingredients listed separately) - ~2 Tbsp
- Maple tarragon butter - Chop tarragon. Heat butter in the microwave for a few seconds, just until softened. Use a fork to combine butter with tarragon, maple syrup and salt. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Sweet potatoes - Scrub clean. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Shallots - Dice. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Pierce potatoes with a fork. Place in a baking dish and pour 2 Tbsp (30 ml) of water in the dish. Cover with a wet paper towel and cook in microwave until tender 8 to 10 minutes, turning once in the middle.
- Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Salt generously and add pasta. Cook until al dente, tender but not soggy. Save 1 cup / 235 ml (for 4 servings; adjust accordingly if customizing) of salty, starchy pasta water before draining.
- While pasta is cooking, heat a saute pan over medium heat. Add oil and when it begins to shimmer, add shallots. Saute until shallots are tender, ~3 minutes. Add spinach and saute until spinach is wilted (top with the lid or use foil to cover the pan to expedite this step), ~3 minutes more.
- Add pasta, reserved pasta water and cheese to the spinach. Toss until a creamy sauce forms. Season with salt and finish with black pepper.
- Slice sweet potatoes in half and top each half with maple tarragon butter. Serve pasta with sweet potato halves on the side and enjoy!
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Loved it--delicious, clean, simple AND impressive enough for guests!0 Helpful
Loved the sweet potatoes!0 Helpful
Not my favorite salmon recipe from cooksmarts. But enjoyed the sweet potato.0 Helpful
The tarragon is really earthy I would have preferred sage or something though I don't know how good that would have been with maple. I also made the mistake (well my husband did) of buying butter flavored syrup which may have not balanced the tarragon very well0 Helpful
Sweet potatoes needed 3x the microwave time specified. Needed garlic in addition to the tarragon, I felt like it was bland. I ended up sauteing the leftovers with Garlic Salt to improve it. Fish also took WAY longer than specified to cook in the foil packets.0 Helpful