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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

Beet Pesto Pasta

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

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”

  1. Julieposted April 3, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Love the beet pasta

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  2. Mariaposted April 3, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Love this pasta and I am SO excited for Heather’s book!

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  3. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted April 3, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Amazing! I’ve tried beet green pesto, but never thought to use the actual beets! The color is so incredibly vibrant!

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  4. dessertfortwoposted April 3, 2013 at 6:28 am

    I think Heather Christo is the new Ina Garten. I do! Ina is great, but Heather is young & fresh and has bright shiny recipes! Love her!

    Ok ok, favorite pasta: ricotto gnocchi. duh ;)

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    • Heather Christo — April 3rd, 2013 @ 7:59 am

      OMG. I love you. Thank you for saying that, it made my morning :)

      Reply

  5. Denise Wilsonposted April 3, 2013 at 6:30 am

    I love roasted tomatoes and garlic with pasta and white balsamic vinaigrette

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  6. Rachelposted April 3, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Favorite pasta: pumpkin gnocchi! so so good.

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  7. Tieghanposted April 3, 2013 at 6:54 am

    This pasta look amazing and I can not wait for this book!

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  8. Patriciaposted April 3, 2013 at 6:54 am

    I would love to make a spinach pasta with basil and tomatoes.

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  9. Cookbook Queenposted April 3, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Such a fun food!!! I love that it’s healthy too :)

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  10. Deborah Espositoposted April 3, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Wish I would have had this recipe when my 3 daughters were little — the pink factor alone would have made it a hit! Love beets and cant wait to try this! Wishing you continued success!

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  11. Devonposted April 3, 2013 at 7:00 am

    I love pasta with a homemade spicy tomato sauce! So delicious and fresh!

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  12. Jenny Flakeposted April 3, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Heather is so talented! Love her and her recipes!!

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  13. karenposted April 3, 2013 at 7:11 am

    that sounds really delish. thanks!

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  14. Denise Fedorposted April 3, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Our favorite pasta dish is ‘our’ Alfredo. Buttered Noodles, low fat cream cheese, cottage cheese, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Heated till melted. YUM!

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  15. Evelyn Rposted April 3, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Spicy homemade spaghetti sauce

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  16. Julie @ Table for Twoposted April 3, 2013 at 7:26 am

    I NEED to make this! I saw this in the video and it totally stuck out. I love the bright pink! :)

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  17. carrianposted April 3, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I love this!! My parents had beets coming out their ears in the garden last year and we were googling recipes left and right. Cannot wait to send this to them.

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  18. Heather Christoposted April 3, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Sommer- thank you for having me! this is so fun!! XOXO

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  19. Marian (Sweetopia)posted April 3, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Such an amazing pasta dish, and I can’t wait to see Heather’s book! (And your kitchen, Sommer!)

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  20. Maureenposted April 3, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I splurged and bought myself a KitchenAid pasta attachment and made basil spaghetti which was bright green and delicious!

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  21. Karenposted April 3, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I love pasta with olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and parmesan.

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  22. Caseyposted April 3, 2013 at 8:55 am

    What a great idea, I just planted some beets in my garden so I know I will have lots to try this out with!

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  23. marlaposted April 3, 2013 at 9:01 am

    This pasta is gorgeous! I must try this recipe asap. Wonderful to see Heather & her book featured here :)

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  24. Kari Mposted April 3, 2013 at 9:15 am

    My favorite past is the ultimate comfort food – homemade Mac & cheese.

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  25. MikeWposted April 3, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Beets? If only it wasn’t beets! Maybe? It does look beautiful.

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  26. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted April 3, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Wow, the pasta and the book are both gorgeous! Love ’em!

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  27. Carrie M.posted April 3, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Crab mac n’ cheese is pretty tasty

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  28. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted April 3, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Love the color of this pasta, so pretty!

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  29. Monicaposted April 3, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I’m always on the lookout for a new recipe book! This one looks good!

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  30. Paula - bell'alimentoposted April 3, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Absolutely love beet pasta!

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  31. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted April 3, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I like the sound of the beet pesto and what an amazing and vibrant colour! Congrats on the book Heather! I am looking forward to seeing it!

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  32. Geraldyneposted April 3, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    My favorite pasta is with spinach, basil pesto, salmon and tomatoes

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  33. Katie Vposted April 3, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    My favorite pasta is sundried tomato alfredo with penne pasta, shrimp and broccoli! YUMM

    Reply

  34. Tinaposted April 3, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Just recently discovered beets I am looking forward to trying this.

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  35. Jan Rposted April 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    LOVE shrimp scampi!

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  36. MaryBposted April 3, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I love simple pasta with great olive oil, garlic and parsley. For a special occasion I add shrimp. Another favorite is Crab Spaghetti with lemon. So good! Thanks for offering the giveaway. What a great looking book.

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  37. Laura Hposted April 3, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I just love home made spaghetti sauce with chunky vegetables. MMMmmm Yum.

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  38. Susan. Hposted April 3, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I love anything Alfredo.

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  39. valerieposted April 3, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    call me old fashioned, but I love a traditional spaghetti and meatballs!

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  40. Yukiposted April 3, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    The pasta looks great. I’m a new beet lover. Will try this recipe for sure!

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  41. Kim C.posted April 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I really wish I liked beets because it does look really good and so pretty. My favorite pasta is farfalle in a light alfredo sauce, with sun-dried tomatoes, peas, pancetta and grilled chicken.

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  42. Sarahposted April 3, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I love ravioli!

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  43. Courtney K.posted April 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Spaghettii with marina is my favorite pasta to eat…my favorite pasta to cook is spinach lasagna rolls….mmmmmm.

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  44. Bobbi Michelle Gallegosposted April 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    I love pasta! This is a great new recipe I will definitely have to try! I found it / you on a link from twitter! Yay! One of my favorite pasta dishes is chicken pesto & linguine with mushrooms… simple easy.. baked chicken, basil pesto mixed in with sauteed mushrooms & linguine… YUMZ

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  45. Jill Hartleyposted April 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I love alfredo of any kind!!! Horrible fattening but delicious! I also love adding in some shrimp.

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  46. Cassieposted April 3, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Heather, you are an inspiration and your laugh is contagious! Congrats on the book, it is stunning!

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  47. Sabrina@loulousucreposted April 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I love any type of pasta. I really want to make some fresh basil pasta this summer. I love Heather Christo–her blog is one of my favorites, along with yours!!

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  48. vaishaliposted April 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Chicken scampi with angel hair

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  49. Stacey Mposted April 3, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Homemade pumpkin ravioli with sage and brown butter..yum!

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  50. Nancy Longposted April 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    love beets, so looking forward to this – and would love to win the cookbook

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  51. Sarah Kozlowskiposted April 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I like pasta with a beef ragu, or a chunky mushroom tomato sauce.
    I definitely want to try the beet pesto recipe.

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  52. Pam Meyerposted April 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Love all types of pasta. This looks really interesting!

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  53. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted April 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Oh my gosh! Love beets and never thought to make a pesto with it. Ever!! Congrats on the book, Heather! Love it :)

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  54. Cookin Canuckposted April 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Congratulations on your book, Heather! This is the prettiest dish. What a vivid, beautiful color the beets lend to the pasta.

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  55. Marysue Feltmanposted April 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Oh my, this looks lovely AND yummy-delicious! I can’t wait to try it! My favorite pasta dish is what I callGrilled chicken in a rosé cream sauce; sort of an Alfredo that I add a smidgen of roasted tomato sauce to.

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  56. MaryBethposted April 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    One of my favorite comfort pasta dishes is spaghetti with butter generously sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and black pepper.

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  57. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted April 3, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    WOW! Heather, you ROCK! Such a fun, creative and innovative pasta dish. And, what a stunning book trailer for your cookbook, Generous Table! It is bound to do extremely well. And, what a beautiful family! Looking forward to the release of your cookbook, Heather. I’m with Christina, of Dessert For Two (comment above). However, I say, “Look out Giada!” Thanks for hosting Heather, Sommer! xo

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  58. Kimiposted April 3, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Our favortie pasta dinner is stuffed shells

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  59. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted April 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Oh my gosh, that beet pasta is gorgeous! Congrats on your beautiful book, Heather!

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  60. Emmaposted April 3, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Carbonara (the Roman way, without cream) is my favorite pasta :) This looks like I might even eat it (and I’m not a fan of beets!)

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  61. Adrianneposted April 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Ooh, next time I’m feeling adventurous, I want to try cooking with beets. My all-time favorite pasta recipe is shrimp or chicken scampi…mmm heaven!

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  62. Gailposted April 3, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Rav’s

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  63. Stacie Griswoldposted April 3, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Looks like a great cookbook! Can’t wait to try the beet pasta with my boys:)

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  64. Stacie Griswoldposted April 3, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Our favorite pasta is good ole spaghetti!!!

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  65. Belinda @zomppaposted April 3, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    What a bright dish this is!!

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  66. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted April 3, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I can’t wait to get this cookbook! The beet pesto pasta is so creative!

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  67. Kaitlin Sickleposted April 3, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    i love me some ravioli…

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  68. Melissa Mitchellposted April 3, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    I love all kinds of pasta – carbonera is the best!

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  69. Ruth Cataldoposted April 3, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I love all kinds of pasta really! I especially like pesto so cannot wait to try this variation on a personal favorite! I married a Sicilian so now I get to eat it all the time!

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  70. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted April 3, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    So excited for Heather’s new book! My favorite pasta has to be alfredo, with lots of Parm!

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  71. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted April 4, 2013 at 12:18 am

    How gorgeous is this pasta?! I think my favorite pasta is pesto or my family’s marinara recipe!

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  72. Laura @ All Spice and Yumposted April 4, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Beet pesto! That’s genius! I love beets, but not everyone in my family does. This might just be the perfect compromise! Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try this!

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  73. Gingerposted April 4, 2013 at 7:17 am

    I made this last night and it was fantastic! I had beets on the verge of death and I found this and presto PESTO! My 6 year old LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it.

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  74. Juli Vposted April 4, 2013 at 8:02 am

    My favorite pasta recipe is good, old fashioned macaroni and cheese. It’s the perfect comfort food any time of the year!

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  75. Chrisposted April 4, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Thank you Sommer for the gift of your delightful guest blogger today. Heather, I absolutely never had beets with pasta, and this will be next on the weekend menu for sure! Dying to try it. I come form a northern Italian family, so risotto is a big deal, but pasta is as well. I love the traditional northern talian recipes, but I do love Putanesca for the kick!. Congratulations on your upcoming book. I do hope I’m a winner!

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  76. Jacquelineposted April 4, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I love beets and this is an original way to use them. Thanks

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  77. Lisa Pposted April 4, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I love basil pesto and pasta carbonara. I would like to try this beet pesto some time. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  78. Sarah Lposted April 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    This looks delicious! I love homemade pasta with simple egg noodles and a marinara sauce with fresh herbs and lots of garlic.

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  79. The Healthy Appleposted April 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Congrats Heather; this is the first time I’m seeing your book; SO amazing!!! Can’t wait to read it. xo

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  80. Desiposted April 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I love buffalo chicken mac and cheese!

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  81. Martaposted April 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I have to try this recipe!

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  82. Julia @ A Cedar Spoonposted April 4, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    My favorite pasta recipe is stuffed shells–I just love them! With a little lemon zest.

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  83. Cindy Brickleyposted April 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Shrimp Scampi over Linguine.

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  84. Nutmeg Nannyposted April 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Oh my, I love pesto so much :) This looks beautiful!

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  85. Ilaneposted April 4, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Wow, hard to pick a fav pasta. I love lasagnas, but never turn away mac and cheese, penne with any sauce… :)

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  86. Carolynposted April 5, 2013 at 5:21 am

    I just can’t love beats, no matter how hard I try. But Heather’s book is gorgeous!

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  87. Jeanetteposted April 5, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Congrats to Heather on her cookbook! Love the trailer and this beet pesto pasta looks brilliant!

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  88. Kelposted April 5, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I love cold pasta salad. Congrats to Heather on the book! Love her blog.

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  89. Andrea Mposted April 5, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I love pasta with sauteed zucchini, tomatoes, garlic and basil :)

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  90. Michelle Sposted April 5, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    fresh pesto, spaghetti, garlic, pancetta & tomatoes :)

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  91. Barbara McCraryposted April 6, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    fave pasta dish is shrimp scampi

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  92. Darla Pitmanposted April 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I love all kinds of pasta, and always have. In the colder months, it is usually gnocchi with lots of comforting cheese. Spring brings asparagus and mushrooms with a light sprinkling of asiago. Summer-good old macaroni salad, and in the fall I make a sauce from butternut squash to top my pasta.

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  93. Diane {Created by Diane}posted April 6, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I could eat pasta everyday! I love it with lemon, it’s quick and easy. I love beet pasta it’s yummy and pretty :)

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  94. Marlyposted April 7, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    What a fun recipe. I love using natural ingredients to color food – what a great idea to serve a red-coated pasta! Yum!

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  95. saraposted April 7, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    We love Ina’s weeknight bolognese. I make it in a double batch and freeze half. Ot never lasts long!

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  96. kathyposted April 7, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    I love Beets! My favorite is Beet soup- Tastes like heaven in a bowl !

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  97. HFposted April 8, 2013 at 5:39 am

    This looks wonderful!!! Beets are one of my favorite vegetables…

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  98. Maribeth Mposted April 8, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I love tossing whole wheat pasta with garlic and crushed red pepper flakes i sauteed in olive oil. Top with some shaved parmesan. Simple and so yum!!!

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  99. Kristinposted April 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I made a sweet pea and swiss chard manicotti once….I loved it but it was so time consuming I’ve yet to make it again!

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  100. Maggieposted April 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    not italian, but i love my pasta! chicken, broccoli ziti is the best. i try to use whole wheat penne & a lighter cream sauce for a healthier, but still tasty option

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  101. sarabethposted April 9, 2013 at 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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  102. Alainaposted April 9, 2013 at 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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  103. rotriciaposted April 9, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Love the color

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  104. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted May 1, 2013 at 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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