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 Gluten-Free Pasta with Roasted Beets, Beet Greens and Pine Nuts

Course pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 455 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts toasted
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 bunch beet greens
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry balsamic vinegar
  • 8 ounces pasta gluten-free, if desired
  • nutritional yeast or goat cheese optional
  • sea salt to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • fresh chives for garnish

Instructions

  1. Roast beets as directed above, reserving beet greens. Cut roasted beets into wedges.

    Wash beet greens well, and cut into 1 inch pieces.

    Cook pasta until al dente, according to directions. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid.

    Heat olive oil in a skillet. Add onions and saute on low to medium-low until soft and golden brown, about 18-20 minutes.

    Add garlic and and stir 2 more minutes.

    Stir in beet greens along with raspberry balsamic vinegar. Cook for 2-3 minutes until tender.

    Toss cooked pasta with onion/beet greens, and roasted beets. Add pasta cooking liquid to moisten if desired.

    Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.

    Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts.

    Serve with nutritional yeast or goat cheese, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Bon Appetit. I used red beets instead of yellow in the original recipe, and decided to roast them for a deeper, sweeter flavor profile. The caramelized onions are a must (although I adjusted the cooking time as it was too long in the original recipe). I also added a splash of raspberry balsamic vinegar to add a little bit of tang. A sprinkle of nutritional yeast on top (vegan version) or goat cheese would be nice. 

Nutrition Facts
 Gluten-Free Pasta with Roasted Beets, Beet Greens and Pine Nuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 455 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 301mg9%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Vitamin C 3.7mg4%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.