Beet Pesto Pasta | Heather Christo + Giveaway

Thanks to Heather Christo, I’ve got a bright lovely pesto pasta recipe for you today, made with beets!

The kitchen remodel is still underway and, of course, the closer it is to completion the harder it is to wait. I’m trying my best to stay out of the way, but every time I walk by the kitchen I want to step in and just gaze at the beauty …the contractor doesn’t seem to like that.

Another sweet friend is here to share something wonderful with you.

Heather Christo is a culinary rockstar featured in multiple magazines, on TV, and on her blog HeatherChristo.com. She loves to garden and entertain, and makes the most innovative dishes.

Jaw-dropping dishes her little girls will even eat–that’s impressive.

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Heather recently published a new cookbook, Heather Christo’s Generous Table. This books is filled with menus that center around celebrations and events we all experience through the seasons.

Heather describes it best in her own words…

And thank you so much Heather for being here today!

 

Beet Pesto Pasta

Hi everyone! My name is Heather, and Sommer is being so sweet to let me guest post today. I’m a wife and mama to two little girls and live in Seattle (aren’t we Asheville’s “sister” city??) I ramble on about food, entertaining and family over at HeatherChristo.com, and my very first cookbook is out this month (eek!!)

Beet Pesto Pasta

When I tried to decide which recipe to share with you, it was my 5 and 3 year old daughters that came to the rescue. They emphatically said “the pink pasta, the pink pasta!!” Um, what that really means is Beet Pesto Pasta.

It’s an earthy, garlicky, lemony puree of glorious fuchsia beets, and it is in fact STUNNING not to mention really delicious. I mean, there is no way my kids would sit down to a plate of beets. But when a big bowl of this “pink pasta” is placed in front of them, they just gobble it up!

Beet Pesto Pasta

And for those of us that do like (or love) beets, this is a really wonderful treat. I will serve it with a big salad if I am going for a vegetarian meal, or it pairs really well with salmon or pork.

Beet Pesto Pasta

This pasta makes me think of spring, even if only for the color. And aren’t we all craving a little Spring by now?

And the best part for those of us without a ton of time to spare? It is so easy! To make this Beet Pesto Pasta, this is what you do:

First you bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil and add the beets. Boil until fork tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Then you drain and rinse the beets with cold water and, using your fingers, rub the skin off the beets.

Beet Pesto Pasta

Chop the beets into quarters and place them in the bowl of a food processor. Add the garlic, pistachios (or almonds), lemon juice and olive oil.

Beet Pesto Pasta

Pulse until you have a smooth bright pink spread, and transfer to a bowl.

Beet Pesto Pasta

Using a spatula, fold in the Parmesan and season with salt. Set aside.

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Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the spaghetti to al dente,
according to package directions. Rinse the spaghetti with cool water and drain well. Toss the spaghetti with the pesto and serve immediately. Garnish with extra Parmesan (and the chopped pistachios if desired).

Beet Pesto Pasta

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Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Beet Pesto Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 3 large purple beets, tops trimmed
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1⁄2 cup whole raw pistachio nuts, plus 2 tablespoons chopped, for garnish (or you can use peeled almonds)
  • 1⁄4 cup lemon juice
  • 1⁄4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan
  • kosher salt
  • 1 pound spaghetti

 

Directions:

  1. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil and add the beets. Boil until fork tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Drain and rinse the beets with cold water and, using your fingers, rub the skin off the beets. Chop the beets into quarters and place them in the bowl of a food processor. Add the garlic, pistachios, lemon juice and olive oil and pulse until you have a smooth bright pink spread.
  3. Using a spatula, fold in the Parmesan and season with salt. Set aside.
  4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the spaghetti to al dente, according to package directions.
  5. Rinse the spaghetti with cool water and drain well. Toss the spaghetti with the pesto and serve immediately. Garnish with extra Parmesan and the chopped pistachios.

Beet Pesto: Heather Christo’s Generous Table by Heather Christo © 2013 Kyle Books.

 

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106 Responses to “Beet Pesto Pasta | Heather Christo + Giveaway”

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    sarabeth — April 9, 2013 @ 6:36 am

    my favorite pasta dish is roasted cauliflower, pine nuts with a balsamic vinegar $ butter reduction over angel hair pasta. you can substitute roasted broccoli or asparagus in place of the cauliflower.

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    Alaina — April 9, 2013 @ 7:05 am

    I LOVE creamy, alfredo pastas…so naughty! If Im trying to eat a little healthier, pesto is a close second!

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    rotricia — April 9, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

    Love the color

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — May 1, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

    Such great color! I had the chance to meet Heather this weekend — she is beautiful inside and out! So excited for this cookbook.

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