Tortellini or Ravioli in Sweet Potato Sauce

By · On Sep 29, 2009

Sweet potato sauce for pasta? Try it and see! Serve with strips of colorful sautéed bell peppers and zucchini. Adapted from Pasta East to West.

Serves: 4 to 6

Sweet potato sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups diced sweet potato (from 1 large)
  • 1 cup rice milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 16 ounces tofu- or vegetable-filled tortellini or ravioli
  • Minced fresh parsley for garnish, optional

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and sauté over medium-low heat until golden. Add the diced sweet potato and just enough water to cover. Bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer gently until the sweet potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.

Transfer the mixture from the saucepan, along with the rice milk and salt, to a food processor. Process until smoothly pureed. Transfer back to the saucepan and set aside, covered, off the heat.

Cook the tortellini in plenty of rapidly simmering water until al dente. Drain, then stir them into the sweet potato sauce. Heat gently and briefly, just until well heated through.

Serve, garnishing each serving with some parsley, if desired.


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  2. Lori says:

    What do you do with the rice milk?

  3. Nava says:

    Lori, I realized that the recipe was written rather confusingly. I’ve clarified and hope that helps.

  4. Kim says:

    Tasteless. I thought it was OK after I added more salt, more garlic, oregano and basil but my family wouldn’t touch it. What a waste of perfectly good ravioli.

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