Health

Golden Beets with Parsley Pesto and Fregola

golden-beets-parsley-pesto Photo: Quentin Bacon

Ingredients

  • 4 medium golden beets, trimmed
  • 1 cup uncooked fregola
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for serving
  • Pesto:
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/3 cup shelled unsalted pistachios
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Preparation


1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Wrap beets tightly in individual pieces of aluminum foil and place in a pie dish or on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until tender (you should be able to pierce them easily with a knife), about 1 hour. Unwrap and set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, rub with a paper towel to remove skins, or peel with a paring knife. Cut into quarters.

2. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Cook fregola in boiling water for 12 minutes or according to package directions; drain. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in oil, salt and pepper until well combined.

3. Make pesto: Using a sharp chef's knife, mince garlic with salt, then slide flat side of knife over mixture a few times to create a paste. Place parsley, nuts and cheese in work bowl of a food processor or a heavy-duty blender (such as a Vitamix). Add garlic paste and pulse to combine. With processor running on low, slowly pour in oil until blended.

4. Stir pesto into fregola. Divide fregola among 4 bowls, then top each with 4 beet quarters. Grind some pepper on top, if desired, and serve.


  • Yield: Serves: 4

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 315
Fat per serving: 20g
Saturated fat per serving: 3g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Protein per serving: 8g
Carbohydrate per serving: 30g
Fiber per serving: 5g
Cholesterol per serving: 3mg
Iron per serving: 4mg
Sodium per serving: 341mg
Calcium per serving: 136mg

This Recipe Is

Adapted with permission from Eating in Color, by Frances Largeman-Roth. Stewart, Tabori & Chang; January 2014.