6:30 Empty Fridge Challenge

17 Feb

by Green Gourmet L

I’m sure everyone has had a night similar to this. It’s 6:30, you have next to nothing in the fridge, and you are too lazy (or had too much wine!) to go to the store.  Mr. Green Gourmet and I call this is a ‘true chef challenge’, because restaurant chefs can always make something out of nothing.

So here were the suspects:

Fridge: ½ red pepper, ½ tomato, last bits of a goat cheese log, ½ lemon, few sprigs of flat leaf parsley

Pantry: garlic, pasta, sweet potato

So here’s what happened:

Sweet Potato Red Pepper Pasta


  • 1 sweet potato, grated
  • 1 red pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • Pasta (linguini, angel hair, or spaghetti)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ lemon
  • ¼ cup goat cheese (or more to taste)
  • any herbs that you might have (basil, parsley, etc.)
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

Boil water for the pasta and cook according to directions. Reserve at least ½ cup of pasta water.

Heat one TB of olive oil over medium high heat and add garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add sweet potato, red pepper, tomato and ½ cup of water, cook for 8 minutes until the vegetables become soft. Season with salt and pepper. At this point you can also add red pepper flakes if you like a little heat.

Drain pasta and add to the vegetable mixture. Add lemon juice, goat cheese, and herbs and toss. If the pasta looks too dry, add reserved pasta water about 2 TB at a time. Serve with parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil. Not every meal has to be complicated to taste great. Enjoy and don’t forget to tell them you read it on Green Gourmets!

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2 Responses to “6:30 Empty Fridge Challenge”

  1. tossingtheswissaround February 17, 2011 at 6:55 AM #

    oh yummy!! That’s the most fun way to cook and it’s the best when it actually tastes great, right?! I’ll have to try the recipe. ;))

    • thegreengourmets February 17, 2011 at 2:00 PM #

      Thanks! I’m usually not very good at throwing things together, but I’m trying ;).

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