Beet-lovers and carb-lovers unite! In this recipe, pasta becomes BOLD, it becomes BEAUTIFUL, and it becomes PINK–hot pink in fact. This dish makes use of both the beautiful purple-pink color of beets and their sweet earthy flavor for a fresh and healthy sauce. And you don’t even have to roast the beets–BONUS! I pair them with some silky-smooth ricotta cheese and cranky pistachio nuts (love the green, purple color palette, too)! It is just too good to be true.
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This recipe for fresh beet pasta tastes as amazing as it looks. It’s earthy, smokey, sweet and savory, and it’s a perfect and easy way to add veggies (and color!) to your weeknight pasta.
FOR THE BEET SAUCE:
- 3 large purple beets, tops trimmed off and skins peeled
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp seat salt
- dash of nutmeg
- juice from ½ lemon
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
FOR THE PARSLEY PESTO:
- 1/2 cup shelled roasted and lightly salted pistachios
- 1 bunch fresh parsley
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more if needed
- 3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1 lb Bucatini or Spaghetti
- pistachios, coarsely chopped
- lemon zest
- fresh parsley, chopped
FIRST, PREPARE THE PESTO:
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine the parsley, olive oil and sea salt and pulse until the parsley is finely chopped. Add in the ½ cup of pistachios and pulse until well combined. If the mixture seems dry, add more olive oil.
- Store the pesto in the fridge (drizzle a little olive oil on top) in a sealed container for a week.
- When you are ready to use it in this dish, combine 4 tablespoons of the pesto with the ricotta cheese and mix well. Drizzle with olive oil if it seems dry. Store this in the refrigerator until you are ready to garnish the pasta with it.
- Slice the peeled beets into very thin strips. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the beet strips to the olive oil with the ¼ teaspoon salt, paprika, nutmeg and lemon juice. Allow the beets to simmer and cook for about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large pot, bring water to a boil to cook the pasta. Once the water is boiling, salt it with about 1 ½ teaspoons of salt. Add the pasta to the salted, boiling water and cook according to the package instructions.
- Drain the cooked pasta in a colander (don’t rinse it!). Add the drained and cooked pasta to the pot with the cooked beets. Mix the pasta well with the beet mixture – it will start to turn a bright pink color. Once the beets and pasta are well incorporated, spoon some into a dish.
- Add a few dollops of the parsley pesto combined with the ricotta cheese. Sprinkle the dish with more fresh parsley, some chopped pistachios and lemon zest. Serve immediately.
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