Blush Beet Verdant Pasta

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The quarantine time and my love for cooking and creating recipes gave birth to this new recipe called Blush Beet Verdant Pasta. I personally love beets – they are earthy and sweet, which I often incorporate in my cooking and I love the blush vibrant color in my foods. I was thinking of something out of the box to feed my son, and since he loves pasta I came up with this recipe.Blush Beet Verdant Pasta - Instead of the typical red tomato sauce or the white cheese sauce, I came up with beet pesto pasta with green vegetables to add color and additional nutrition.

The recipe is super yummy and easy to cook. In 30 minutes, you can cook a healthy and yummy recipe to feed the entire family.

Blush Beet Verdant Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked pasta
  • 1 medium green bell pepper
  • ? cup broccoli florets, chopped
  • ? cup green onions
  • ? cup Brussels sprout, chopped
  • Fresh basil to garnish

For the Pesto:

  • 2 medium-size beets, boiled
  • 15 almonds
  • ? cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons basil leaves chopped-
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

Boil pasta per package instructions and leave it aside. In a blender or processor, add all the ingredients for the pesto and grind it to a paste. In a pan add one teaspoon of olive oil and saute all the vegetables until they are soft, about 10 minutes. Mix together the pasta, pesto and vegetables. Add salt to taste and garnish with basil.

Cooking Notes: Any nuts can be used instead of almonds and any of your favorite vegetables can be added to the recipe.

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Sheetal Parikh, MS, RDN, LDN is an expert in plant-based nutrition and has been vegetarian all her life. She believes that you are what you eat. She is a current author for Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Nutrition Care Manual- Vegetarian/Vegan Menus and currently serves as the Florida state coordinator for Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (VNDPG). She is also the regional dietitian for Morrison Healthcare. Connect with her on Instagram, Facebook and Linkedin and twitter.