Tuesday, May 6, 2014

beet pesto pasta


This color, y'all. Right?!

This gorgeous pink pasta is in honor of sweet Georgia of The Comfort of Cooking for her surprise baby shower!



Georgia is expecting a sweet baby girl next month, and since she has some far-away food blogger friends who would love to celebrate with her, we're doing a surprise virtual shower for her today!

You probably already know Georgia and her beautiful site where she shares pretty, fresh, simple food like Herb & Citrus Roasted Chicken and Mini Caprese Pizzas. I adore her bright approach to food, but even more than that - her encouraging, warm personality. I know she is going to be the best mama to her sweet daughter, who will no doubt inherit her charm and good taste in cookies.

When we decided on a pink theme for Georgia's shower, I knew immediately that I wanted to make this pasta. The flavors scream springtime, and the color is almost too pretty to eat.... almost.

Happy shower, dear Georgia! xo

Beet Pesto Pasta (from Heather Christo's Generous Table)
serves 4-6

you'll need:
1 lb. bowtie pasta
3 large purple beets, tops trimmed
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup shelled pistachios
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
kosher salt, to taste

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the beets. Boil for 30 minutes, or until fork tender. Drain and rinse the beets with cold water. Skin, slice in quarters, and add to a food processor or blender. Add the garlic, pistachios, lemon juice, olive oil, and Parmsean and pulse until you reach the desired consistency.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt well, then add the pasta and cook to al dente according to the package directions. Drain and toss with the pesto. Serve immediately with extra parmesan. Enjoy!

Check out all the other yums that bloggers made to celebrate Georgia!

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37 comments:

  1. This truly is Knock-your-socks-off Pink. Lovely.

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  2. This is the pinkest naturally pink food I've ever seen! SO so pretty. :) And thank goodness we have something to eat after all that dessert, right? ;) Thanks so much for helping to surprise Georgia!

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    1. Thank you, Erin! So glad I got to help celebrate her!

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  3. I've been eagerly awaiting this recipe, because I have a ton of beet pesto that I made last week that needs to get used up! Your pasta looks absolutely amazing and I can't wait to put my beet pesto to use. Happy to be hanging out with you and the other ladies today for Georgia's baby shower! :)

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    1. So perfect that you have beet pesto already to use! You'll love this!

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  4. The color is fantastic! What a creative way to use pink, and naturally!

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  5. im so excited for her little girl..i have never made pesto with beets but this is so gorgeous.

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  6. That color! I swoon. And now I'd like a bowl, please. :)

    stephanie @ girl versus dough

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  7. So pretty and sounds soooo good! Was the pasta pink or did the pesto make it pink??

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  8. Like the movie of the same name, this is pretty in pink!!!!! I love it. xx

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  9. This is such a GREAT idea - beet pesto - wow! Not only is the color GORGEOUS but as a beet lover, I can imagine this tasting delectable!

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    1. If you are a beet lover, you must try this! Thanks, Shashi!

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  10. Aww this is so sweet you guys are doing this for her! :)

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  11. How adorable and beautiful is this pasta!!

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  12. Looks so delicious!! I've been eyeing that recipe for awhile too, and you know how I think about pink. ;) What a lovely way to celebrate!

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    1. Yes, this is perfect for you! Thanks, Maria!!

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  13. Marie, thank you SO much for sharing this beautiful beet pasta for my shower, and for all your kind words! ♥ I can't even tell you how much it means to me that you're a part of this big, fabulous virtual celebration! You girls are the BEST.

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    1. So glad I got to celebrate you!!! xoxo

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  14. This is such a gorgeous pop of color. I love that you went savory. Beautiful!

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  15. Wow! how creative Marie! I bet this is really good, love the color.

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  16. This has been on my list to try - love the idea naturally colored red pasta - beautiful!

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    1. I would totally recommend it -- so good!

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  17. This has been on my list to try - love the idea naturally colored red pasta - beautiful!

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  18. Congrats to Georgia and such a pretty dish for a baby girl shower!!

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    1. Thanks Ashley! So glad we got to celebrate her!

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  19. Such a pretty dish of food - makes me wish I could like beets! However my mom adores them - THIS may be a dish I whip up for her :)

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