EDIT: Success! I roasted sweet potatoes with olive oil, cumin, powdered ginger and dry minced garlic. Then I fried some chopped onion with oil, cumin, powdered ginger and a bay leaf, and added the beans to this to heat through and mix flavours. I mashed up the sweet potatoes, mixed in the beans/onions as they were, to have a contrast in texture, squeezed some lime juice in, and stuffed the mess into the manicotti tubes. The sauce was a mix of tomato-basil pasta sauce and medium salsa. YUMMO! The only change I would make would be to reduce the overall sauce, because it was a bit overpowering. The mix of flavours was great, the salsa kick really brings out the mellow, creamy sweet potato, and the earthy beans.
Thanks for all your suggestions!
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I have some manicotti shells, a tin of black beans, and two sweet potatoes. I was wondering if these could combine into a delicious dish.
Do you think either of those could be adapted yummily to pasta? Should I just mash up the sweet potatoes and beans and fill the tubes, and serve with tomato sauce? Should I keep one ingredient for the filling and one for the sauce? Should I forgo pasta altogether and just do one of the recipes above?
Also, I want to take this opportunity to say thanks to you guys for being such an awesome community. The comments I read are always so helpful, and thoughtful, and it's nice.