Sweet Potato Chile Mac

Serves 6.

Note: From "Cooking Light Pick Fresh Cookbook," by the editors of Cooking Light.

3 medium-sized sweet potatoes (about 2 lb.)

• 1 c. milk

1 1/2 to 2 tbsp. chopped chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce

• 3/8 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

3 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (about 3/4 c.)

8 oz. uncooked penne or macaroni pasta

• 1 tbsp. olive oil

6 oz. fresh Mexican chorizo, casings removed

• 1/4 c. chopped green onions

• 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Pierce potatoes several times with a fork and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 1 hour or until tender. Cool slightly; peel and mash in a large bowl. Stir in milk and chile, salt, pepper and cheese.

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Add pasta to sweet potato mixture; set aside.

Preheat broiler.

Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chorizo to pan; cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Place chorizo in small bowl. Wipe pan clean. Spoon sweet potato mixture into pan; sprinkle evenly with chorizo. Broil 2 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp. Sprinkle with onions and cilantro.