This beautiful dish is delicious as a standalone meal, but it also doubles as an impressive side. The deep red beet sauce is supremely good for heart health. And making matters easier is the fact that, if scrubbed well, you don’t need to peel the beetroots. Roasting softens the skin, which is then whirled into creamy perfection. There are loads of options for toppings, ranging from any variety of cheese (or none at all) to a wide assortment of toasted nuts.
This delicious rosy sauce can be served tossed with any type of grain from rice to pearl couscous. Top with shaved Parmesan, if you wish. Scatter baby arugula leaves overtop for an added punch of flavour.
Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C). Scrub beetroots thoroughly and cut into quarters. Place in ovenproof saucepan with tight-fitting lid. Add garlic, 4 sage leaves, and 1/4 cup (60 mL) water to pot. Cover tightly and bake in oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until beetroot wedges are very tender when pierced. Remove from oven and, with slotted spoon, remove beetroot to separate bowl to slightly cool. No need to peel.
In high-speed blender, place beetroot wedges along with baked sage leaves and roasted garlic. Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) water, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and pepper and pulse until mixture is creamy and thick enough to coat cooked pasta evenly. Add a splash more water if mixture appears too thick.
Fill large saucepan with water and add generous pinch of salt. Bring to a boil. Stir in spaghettini, and cook until al dente, about 6 minutes.
While spaghettini cooks, heat oil in skillet. Add diced fennel and gently sauteu0301 over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until pale golden. Transfer to plate. In skillet, add a splash more oil, if needed, and place remaining sage leaves. Fry until crisp but not darkened. Set aside.
Drain spaghettini well and return to saucepan. Pour beet sauce overtop and gently fold together to evenly coat until beautifully rosy coloured. Gently stir over low heat until warm.
Serve warm in shallow bowls. Scatter diced fennel overtop. Top with crumbled cheese and toasted walnuts. Garnish with fennel fronds and add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. Drizzle with a little extra balsamic and a splash of olive oil, if you wish, and serve piping hot.
This recipe is part of the Heartfelt Foods collection.
Adding farro, with its nutty bite, is a delicious and convenient way to increase your soup’s fibre and nutritional value. This hearty soup is the perfect remedy to a cold January day. Lemon and chervil add a bright contrast to the fibre-packed earthy flavours. Farro timesaver With a long cooking time, it’s worth it to cook a larger amount of farro and freeze it in small-portioned batches which can be thawed quickly. Using a ratio of 1:4 farro to water, cook on medium-high heat until farro is al dente, in a similar manner to the way you would cook pasta. Drain, rinse, portion, and freeze for later use. To thaw, simply run frozen farro under water or add directly to soup.
Oven-roasted delicata squash makes a crispy treat atop this green salad. As its name suggests, this squash has a thin, delicate skin that’s tasty when cooked. Pomegranate molasses, an ingredient common in Lebanese and Middle-Eastern cuisine, brings a sweet and sour flavour to the dressing. No pine nuts? Use squash seeds! Simply collect about 1/4 cup (60 mL) seeds from cleaned squash, rinse, and mix with 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) of the spice mix used to roast the squash and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) olive oil. Roast at 425 F (220 C) on parchment-lined baking sheet for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Look for whole grain farro, which leaves the germ and bran intact, for this satisfying porridge that’s sure to kickstart your day. While the cooking time is longer than for pearled or semi-pearled varieties, you’ll get more nutrition. Take the time to enjoy the delicate scent of cardamom and ginger wafting through your kitchen as you prepare this. Ancient grain Farro (also referred to as emmer or einkorn) is a variety of wheat known as an ancient grain, which means that it hasn’t changed over time through breeding as is the case with many varieties of modern wheat.
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