Conchigliette with Potatoes, Mint, and Grape Tomatoes

Conchigliette with Potatoes, Mint, and Grape Tomatoes
Staff Writer

Here's a pasta recipe that's a bit of a departure from the usual. Little cubes of Yukon Gold potato, just cooked through with plenty of bite left, combine with miniature pasta shells, sweet grape tomatoes, and mint for a lovely main dish.

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Ingredients

  • pints grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4  Cup  extra-virgin olive oil
  • cloves garlic, sliced thinly
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1  Pound  conchigliette
  • pint chicken stock
  • 1  Pound  Yukon Gold potatoes, diced finely
  • 3  Tablespoons  finely chopped mint
  • 1/4  Cup  grated Grana Padano

Directions

Combine the tomatoes, olive oil, and garlic in a 10-inch fry pan and simmer over low heat until the tomatoes begin to break down, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook the pasta until al dente. At the same time, combine the chicken stock and potatoes in another 10-inch fry pan and cook over high heat until just cooked, about 13-15 minutes.

Drain the potatoes and reserve the chicken stock until the pasta is done. Drain the pasta, and in a large bowl, toss with the tomatoes, potatoes, mint, and cheese, and add the chicken stock as needed to loosen the sauce. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
12g
17%
Sugar
3g
3%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
4mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
4g
3%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
11mg
15%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
6µg
7%
Calcium, Ca
11mg
1%
Choline, total
9mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
22µg
6%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
8mg
3%
Phosphorus, P
55mg
8%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
295mg
20%
Water
8g
0%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

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