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. Fast Weekday Pastas
• Bow Ties with Sweet Potatoes and Ham Dice 1/2 pound of ham and use it in place of the Canadian bacon.
• Bow Ties with Canadian Bacon and Squash Peel and dice 1/2 pound of winter squash, such as butternut or Hubbard, and use it in place of the sweet potato. Depending on the type of squash, you may need to adjust the simmering time by a few minutes.
To match the sweetness of both the potato and the Canadian bacon, try a Kabinett Riesling from Germany's Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region.