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Beet pesto pasta

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Sep 26th, 2013

Beet pesto pasta

Serves 4-6


  • 16 large purple beets, top trimmed
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • sea salt
  • 1 lb dry spaghetti


  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the beets. Boil until fork tender.
  2. Drain the beets (but reserve 1/2 cup of beet juice/water for produce two) and peel them, the skins will come away easily. Chop into quarters, reserving 3 beets chopped for Produce One and 10 beets chopped for Produce Two. Place remaining beets in the bowl of a food processor. Add the garlic, pistachios, lemon juice and olive oil and pulse until smooth. Add the Parmesan and continue pulsing until you have a smooth thick spread.
  3. Using the same pot, fill again with water then add salt to the water; bring to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook to al dente. Drain when done and toss with pesto. Serve immediately.

Courtesy Marlene MacPherson, www.rogerstv.com/marlenesharvest

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