Monday, November 23, 2009

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Red Beet Cream Sauce


Sounds strange, huh? Yeah, I don't know if this had ever even been done before. We bought a bunch of beets at the local co-op (eat in season!) and after making a delicious roasted beet salad with them, I was inspired to make some kind of pasta dish next. This is how my brain works (how can I pair this with a carbohydrate?) most of the time.

Red beets are something that up until about 2 years ago I thought I didn't like. An actual quote from me: "they taste like dirt". That was until I had them on a veggie plate at The National. I even like the canned ones now! We recently even made a white bean & beet hummus! Local Okra has gone beet crazy.

Red Beet Cream Sauce

2 medium red beets, roasted and diced (I roasted mine whole, wrapped in foil the night before)
1 yellow or white onion, diced
4-5 garlic cloves, minced
1 pint heavy cream
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
salt & black pepper, to taste


Add the first three ingredients, along with a little olive oil to a deep frying pan and cook on medium-low for about 20 minutes or until the beets start to soften.


Pour in the cream slowly and stir. Once the sauce is hot, remove about half a cup of the cream and add it to a bowl with the flour. Whisk until it forms a paste. Slowly stir the paste back into the sauce pan and bring sauce to a boil. Turn heat to low to let it thicken.


Serve over whole wheat spaghetti and garnish with blue cheese, pine nuts, and basil.



Nommerstein said...

::head explodes::

Sara sanchez said...

So glad I found your blog! I am trying to make a local meal and though I don't have jars of tomatoes stored, I have plenty of beets. I wanted a sauce for my spaghetti squash and wondered if it could even work. This sounds like it will, Friday I will give it a try! Thanks!

Cialis Online said...

Red Beet Cream Sauce is so delicious, I really like the spaghettis , I can eat it every single day, I feel so happy because I get a fabulous recipe!