Multigrain Pasta with Sweet Potatoes & Leeks

This amazing recipe is from Real Simple!

12 ounces multigrain penne
4 teaspoons olive oil
3 leeks (white and light green parts), cut into half-moons
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh sage, chopped
2 small sweet potatoes (about 1 pound), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Kosher salt and pepper
3/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat while the pasta cooks. Add the leeks and cook, stirring, until they begin to soften, 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and sage and cook 2 minutes. Add the sweet potatoes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook, covered, stirring twice, until just tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup of the Parmesan and the reserved cooking water and simmer, stirring, until the potatoes are fully tender, 2 to 4 minutes.Add the cooked pasta and nutmeg and toss.

Divide among individual bowls and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

Upgrade: For a heart-healthy boost and a bit of crunch, sprinkle in 1/2 cup chopped roasted almonds before serving. Try using butternut squash as a flavorful alternative to sweet potatoes.

Yield: Makes 4 servings

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