Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on Time
29 Mins
Total Time
29 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

myshelties's Review

June 10, 2014

ana7492's Review

February 06, 2014
I used red beets also because I had no yellow ones, I also used fresh spinach. It was easy and quick. My husband and my daughter loved it. I will definately use again and maybe use Kale or collards next time.

Christin7's Review

August 27, 2013
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!!

phytowoman's Review

June 04, 2013
I made this recipe and faithfully adhered to all the instructions ; it was okay , but not so good to justify the preponderance of dirty dishes that were generated by it.

Linds2983's Review

April 16, 2013
Try this recipe, it does not disappoint!! I even used red beets because we didn't have golden beets yet. So good with the pesto!! The serving sizes are closer to two cups each. Definitely will make again!