Sunday, August 1, 2010

Pasta Rags with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brown Butter

2 (1-pound) sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
24 wonton wrappers (or Anna's Flat Pastry)
6 quarts water
Cooking spray
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400°.

Peel and chop sweet potato into 1/2 inch pieces;toss with olive oil and salt. Pull a piece of aluminum foil twice as long as a sheet pan. Place potatoes in a single layer on foil in pan. Fold remaining foil over potatoes. Loosely crimp edges to create a foil pouch. Bake for 15 minutes in pouch. Remove from oven, unfold pouch, and bake an additional 10 minutes or until potatoes begin to color.

Melt butter in a small skillet over high heat. Add chopped sage, 1/4 teaspoon salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg to pan; cook 1 minute or until butter is lightly browned. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, juice, and pepper.

Bring 6 quarts water to a boil. Add wonton wrappers (or pastry); cook 3 minutes or until done. Remove pasta from pot with a slotted spoon; add pasta to butter. Top with Parmesan cheese.

Garnish with sage sprigs, if desired.

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