I had this recipe twice now- once at a dinner party and once at home. It's a great dish as is, but I added arugula to the pesto and that was a nice addition. Also, I couldn't find beets with the greens and stems attached so I just added some spinach leaves. Overall, it's a great meal!!
Golden Beet Pasta with Basil-Almond Pesto
Embrace April's 12 Healthy Habits goal with a whole-wheat pasta bowl. This bright, earthy springtime dish uses the entire beet--stems, leaves, and all.
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Total: 29 Minutes
- Calories: 419
- Fat: 16g
- Saturated fat: 3.1g
- Monounsaturated fat: 8.6g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 2.1g
- Protein: 15.7g
- Carbohydrate: 55.7g
- Fiber: 10g
- Cholesterol: 9mg
- Iron: 4.2mg
- Sodium: 596mg
- Calcium: 254mg
- 8 ounces uncooked whole-wheat penne (tube-shaped pasta)
- 2 (8-ounce) golden beets with greens
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 3/4 cup water, divided
- 1/3 cup organic vegetable broth
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup dry-roasted unsalted almonds
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 ounces fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1. Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.
- 2. Remove greens and stems from beets; rinse and drain. Coarsely chop greens and stems to measure 4 cups. Peel beets, cut in half vertically, and cut into 1/8-inch slices.
- 3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add beets; sauté 3 minutes. Add beet greens and stems, 1/2 cup water, broth, salt, and pepper; cover. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 8 minutes or until beets are tender.
- 4. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon oil, basil, almonds, and garlic in a food processor; process until smooth. Add cheese and remaining 1/4 cup water; process until blended. Add pasta, pesto, and lemon juice to beet mixture; toss to combine.
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