Bow Ties with Sweet Potatoes and Canadian Bacon

Bow-tie pasta with slices of sweet potato, diced Canadian bacon, and tomato puree form a harmonious dish of varied flavors, shapes, and colors. We use sage here, but if you don't care for it, try the same quantity of thyme instead.

In a large frying pan, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and sweet potato and toss to coat with the oil. Add the water, cover, and cook until the onions are soft, about 5...


  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 onion, halved and cut into thin slices
  • 1 (8 ounce) sweet potato, peeled, cut in half lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes in thick puree
  • 1/2 pound Canadian bacon, diced
  • 3/4 pound bow ties

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