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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Beet Greens & Onion Pasta: The Sweetest Vegetable of the Season #Foodie Friday

Beet Greens Pasta: Simple Living and Eating


It's getting chiller outside and the farm stands are starting to sell more root vegetables. If you can pick up some fresh beets you won't be disappointed. Super healthy and sooo sooo sweet. My kids gobbled them up when they were babies.

roasted beets

 Beets are nature's candy. I like cooking up the greens and serving the sweet roasted or boiled beets along with their more bitter greens. It is a really flavor balanced meal that is simple to make. I made a version of Dorie Greenspan's Lime and Honey Beet Salad with this dish. It was a wonderful complement to the pasta dish.


Beet Greens Pasta: Simple Living and Eating


Beet Greens & Onion Pasta

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

preparation time: 10 minutes                           serves: 4 - 6

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 onion chopped
1 bunch of beet greens cleaned, chopped and stems removed
1/2 softened golden raisins
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup of pine nuts
1/4 grated parmesan cheese
1 pound of spaghetti


Directions:

1) Bring a large sauce pan of water with 2 tablespoons of salt in it to a boil for the pasta.

2) While the water is coming to a boil. Put your raisins in a measuring cup and cover them with water. Heat them in the microwave on high for 1 minute. Let them sit and moisten in the water.

3) Heat a large skillet on medium high heat and add the EVOO to it. Saute the onions. When they begin to get soft add the beet greens. Saute until they wilt.

4) When vegetables are cook splash them with the vinegar and a little salt and pepper. Mix well.

5) When the pasta is ready mix it into the pan with the vegetables and add the raisins (drain the water first) and parmesan cheese. Mix well. You may need to add a little more EVOO. Taste test before serving with a side of beet salad.




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31 comments:

  1. Diane,
    Thanks for hosting the party. Hope you're having a great week. We are having some great weather aren't we?
    Annamaria

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    1. If only it will last... enjoying while I can. Have a great weekend Annamaria.

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  2. Hi Diane,
    I would just love to have that Pumpkin Cupcake for my bedtime treat, it looks so good! Your Beet Greens and Onion Pasta looks amazing. I finished my post for the World Food Tour this afternoon, it is yummy! Hope you have a great weekend filled with fall color, and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

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    1. I love pumpkin anything... but that cupcake is special. I made my recipe last week. Can't wait to see everyone elses. So glad you are involved with Food of the World.

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    1. You are welcome Jamie. Good to see you.

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  4. Your Beet Pasta sounds really good. I am running out of ideas for my toddler's meals.. Its good to know that babies like beet root. I haven't tried giving it to him. i'll try it out next week.

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    1. My son ate so many beets the dentist thought he was drinking red wine. LOL. The stains came off no problem, but he really loved them as a toddler.

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  5. I loooooooooove this pasta! Thanks for sharing the recipe (I hope to try it soon)
    Have a great weekend and thank you for another party

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    1. So glad Winnie... I'm a vegetarian at heart, but the family wants meat. Hope you enjoy it.

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  6. I love beets Diane, I'm just working on convincing the rest of my family to love them too! Your pasta looks wonderful - what a lovely combination of flavours. This week I've shared a Traditional Marble Cake with step by step instructions. Thank you for hosting!

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    1. My kids grew up eating them, but my husband had to be swayed by fancy vinaigrettes. Good luck to you.. your cakes looks delicious.

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  7. Thanks for featuring my Manhattan Fish Chowder Diane. My husband loves beets and I know he would really like your beet pasta. Thanks for hosting each week and I hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Sam

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    1. You are very welcome Sam. I probably could feature one of your recipes every week they are so healthy and flavorful. Thanks so much for being part of this party.

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  8. Thanks for featuring my Peach Salsa, it's a winner in our household! Thanks for hosting, have a great weekend!
    Nancy On The Home Front

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    1. You are welcome Nancy... such a perfect transition dish. I plan on using it on some pork this weekend.

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  9. I always look forward to sharing at your wonderful link party Diane.
    Thanks so much for hosting!

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    1. You're so sweet Nancy... I always look forward to the recipes you share.

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  10. That is a very pretty dish of food! Thanks for hosting. :-)
    ~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

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    1. You are welcome Stacy... always good to see you.

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  11. I've never had beets before. I know I need to give them a chance, but for some reason the name alone makes me cringe.

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    1. It is so funny, They look like they would be bitter and nasty, but they are super sweet.

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  12. Thanks so much for another fun party Diane. Have a wonderful weekend! :)

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    1. You are welcome... good to see you Lisa.

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  13. My dad grows beets and loves the greens. I've never tried them, though. I should since I have a good source, right?!
    Thank you for the party, Diane.

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    1. Absolutely, they are really just like any other green. You can use them where you would use broccoli rabe or spinach.

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  14. Oh my, this pasta looks fantastic! I wish I saw this recipe back when I was a vegetarian... I was always so boring with the recipes I made!

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    1. I've been there. I got into a brown rice and bean rut when I was a vegetarian too. But it good to still eat mostly vegetarian.

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  15. Your pasta looks interesting, I have had beets in years, I need to try them again!

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    1. It is very old world Mediterranean, they don't waste anything including the greens to root vegetables.

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  16. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday, and have a great weekend.
    Miz Helen

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