February 20, 2015

Pink Pasta Sauce

Looking for a bright & colorful way to serve your pasta? Here is a pink sauce made with beets and hemp hearts. I know some of you are already frowning skeptically.... hmm, I was skeptical myself about trying this with beet. I am not a huge of fan of beets, but I never give up on any vegetable, feel they deserve a second chance :-). I keep trying different ways to include them and here I have disguised it in a sauce, and why not when beets are loaded with nutrition that is relevant especially in winter. Read here to know what Dr Mercola has to say about the benefits of beets.

This sauce was first introduced in the quick'n'healthy kitchen on a valentine's day for a pink themed packed lunch for my son. He got his organic pasta with this sauce in his lunch and loved it, though it was pink :-). His friends said that in general it might not taste good, but if its your mom who cooked it it has to be good :-).  We made ourselves a warm batch of pink risotto with some steamed vegetables and wild rice. So go ahead and try this pink sauce, this might make you a fan of beets after all :-).

  • Beet root - 3
  • Garlic cloves - 7-8
  • Hemp hearts - 3/4 cup
  • EV olive oil - 2-3 Tbs
  • Black pepper - 1 tsp
  • Green chilly - 2-3 (optional)
  • Sea salt - as per taste

  • Trim the edges and rub the beets nicely to remove any dirt. Slice into 1/4 inch slices.
  • Heat olive oil on medium heat and roast garlic and beet slices turning a few times, for about 5-8 minutes. Let it cool. 
  • Blend roasted beets and garlic along with remaining ingredients and blend till nice and creamy.
  • Serve with your choice of pasta, or with steamed veggies, use it to make a flavorful risotto, or enjoy it by spoonful just as is :)

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