Golden Beets with Parsley Pesto and Fregola

Golden Beets with Parsley Pesto and Fregola
Photo: Quentin Bacon
Serves: 4


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4 medium golden beets, trimmed
1 cup uncooked fregola
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for serving
1 large clove garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/3 cup shelled unsalted pistachios
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil


1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Wrap beets tightly in individual pieces of aluminum foil and place in a pie dish or on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until tender (you should be able to pierce them easily with a knife), about 1 hour. Unwrap and set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, rub with a paper towel to remove skins, or peel with a paring knife. Cut into quarters.

2. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Cook fregola in boiling water for 12 minutes or according to package directions; drain. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in oil, salt and pepper until well combined.

3. Make pesto: Using a sharp chef's knife, mince garlic with salt, then slide flat side of knife over mixture a few times to create a paste. Place parsley, nuts and cheese in work bowl of a food processor or a heavy-duty blender (such as a Vitamix). Add garlic paste and pulse to combine. With processor running on low, slowly pour in oil until blended.

4. Stir pesto into fregola. Divide fregola among 4 bowls, then top each with 4 beet quarters. Grind some pepper on top, if desired, and serve.

Created date

December 2013

Nutritional Information

Calories 315
Fat 20 g
Satfat 3 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 8 g
Carbohydrate 30 g
Fiber 5 g
Cholesterol 3 mg
Iron 4 mg
Sodium 341 mg
Calcium 136 mg