Recipes


Beetroot Pesto Pasta : Healthy Dinner Ideas

Published On  May 12, 2016 By
25 min cook time
10 min prep time
Dinner
Preperation Time:
10 mins
Cooking Time:
25 mins

nutrition facts

Serving Size1 ServingPer Serving%Daily Value*
Calories2247Calories from Fat915
Total Fat101.7g156%Saturated Fat13.0g65%
Cholesterol328mg109%Sodium854mg36%
Potassium1810mg52%Carbohydrates279.2g93%
Dietary Fiber10.4g42%Sugars18.1g
Protein64.9gVitamin A8%
Vitamin C18%Calcium25%
Iron105%

nutrition facts

Serving Size1 Serving
Calories2247
Total Fat101.7g156%
Cholesterol328mg109%
Potassium1810mg52%
Dietary Fiber10.4g42%
Protein64.9g
Vitamin C18%
Iron105%
Per Serving%Daily Value*
Calories from Fat915
Saturated Fat13.0g65%
Sodium854mg36%
Carbohydrates279.2g93%
Sugars18.1g
Vitamin A8%
Calcium25%

Procedure:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente.

Place the garlic and almonds in a food processor pulse until the almonds are a fine meal and the garlic is minced. Add the beetroot and olive oil and pulse until you have a smooth pesto-like sauce. Season to taste with salt.

When the pasta is ready, toss with the pesto and season to taste with more salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped chives.

Serve hot.

Beetroot, also known simply as the beet, has been gaining in popularity as a new super food due to recent studies claiming that beets and beetroot juice can improve athletic performance, lower blood pressure and increase blood flow.

If you’re considering beetroot as one of your 5-a-day, it contains potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid, carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants, and soluble fibre.

Although beets have the highest sugar content of all vegetables, most people can safely eat beetroots a few times a week , enjoying not only their sweet, earthy flavor but also their powerhouse nutrients that may improve your health in the following ways.

  • Lower Your Blood Pressure – The benefit likely comes from the naturally occurring nitrates in beets, which are converted into nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide, in turn, helps to relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.
  • Boost Your Stamina – The benefit is thought to also be related to nitrates turning into nitric oxide, which may reduce the oxygen cost of low-intensity exercise as well as enhance tolerance to high-intensity exercise.
  • Fight Inflammation – Beets are a unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress. It’s also known to help fight inflammation, protect internal organs, improve vascular risk factors, enhance performance, and likely help prevent numerous chronic diseases
  • Anti-Cancer Properties – The powerful phytonutrients that give beets their deep crimson color may help to ward off cancer. Research has shown that beetroot extract reduced multi-organ tumor formations in various animal models when administered in drinking water, for instance, while beetroot extract is also being studied for use in treating human pancreatic, breast, and prostate cancers.
  • Rich in Valuable Nutrients and Fiber – Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.
  • Detoxification Support – The betalin pigments in beets support your body’s Phase 2 detoxification process, which is when broken down toxins are bound to other molecules so they can be excreted from your body. Traditionally, beets are valued for their support in detoxification and helping to purify your blood and your liver.

I have never been a big fan of beetroot. I ate it with great difficulty while growing up.

But this gorgeous pasta recipe changed my view completely. I love beets prepared this way.

By puréeing roasted or boiled beets, you really get to take full advantage of the beautiful purple appearance.

You won’t believe how this simple dish transforms into something spectacular in your mouth; a wonderful burst of flavors! Enjoy!