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Beet Pesto Pasta. And a giveaway for this lovely ceramic dish! A pasta recipe in honor of the Italian made ceramic dish that you have a chance to win!!!

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Beet Pesto Pasta. And a giveaway for this lovely ceramic dish!, Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

A new recipe AND an awesome giveaway – what a way to start the week! I’m sure you’re all curious about the giveaway so we’ll start with that.

One of you will win the gorgeous serving dish/casserole featured in this recipe.  (Well, not this exact dish, you’ll get a brand new one.) It comes to us from VIETRI, a family owned company that imports handcrafted ceramic tableware from Italy. This particular item is from their Bellezza Collection.

vietri-platter-giveaway honest fare


Sorry, this giveaway has ended. But read on for the recipe!

This beautiful handmade ceramic serving dish/casserole (retails for $92).  I love this piece.  It’s simple and elegant and the detailing is just enough without being ornate.  It looks great sitting on the table, but it’s also oven safe so you can prepare anything from fish to bread pudding right in it!

Visit Honest Fare on Instagram and like the photo I put up this morning of the beet pesto pasta featured in this post. That’s it, super easy. Again, all you have to do is click here to be taken to my Instagram and like the photo of the beet pesto pasta. It’s the exact same photo featured at the top of this post actually. The winner will be randomly selected from the list of people who liked the photo on Instagram and also notified via Instagram (in the form of an @ mention) by Monday, October 14, 2013. I’ll also announce the winner here on the blog as well if that’s okay with you. The ceramic casserole dish will be sent to you directly from VIETRI.  Enter to win!

You should consider signing up; everybody’s doing it!  It’s really the best way to enter for this giveaway, but If you write me a really sweet comment at the bottom of this post, I might consider entering you anyway because I hate to discriminate against non social media folks, like my mom and lovely aunt Loretta, for example.

GIVEAWAY PERIOD:  Sorry, this giveaway has ended. But read on for the recipe!
Starts Monday, October 7, 2013
Ends Sunday, October 13, 2012 at 11:59 pm est.
Just make sure you like the photo no later than Sunday night! Best of luck to you all and I’ll be in touch if you win!

As someone who has been dabbling in ceramics for many years, I was especially pleased that in addition to being absolutely beautiful, the piece VIETRI sent me is extremely well made.  VIETRI has a really diverse collection of tableware ranging from the more ornate and decorative to the very simple and modern. Have some fun perusing  Vietri’s tableware collection after you enter the giveaway!



This beet pesto is my new jam.  Literally, I’ve been having it on my toast for breakfast all week and can’t get enough.  I’m showing this pesto on whole wheat pasta with sautéed beet greens and topped with ricotta cheese, but it’s actually amazing as a sauce or spread on bread, sandwiches, pizzas, crackers, etc. And would you just look at that color!


The pesto itself is a simple blend of roasted beets, garlic and thyme, which give it an earthy and sweet balance with a hint of smokiness; and parmesaen cheese, almonds and olive oil, which add that perfect creamy/nutty flavor without being too rich or heavy.  It’s really quick to make and the beets can either be roasted in the oven or just sautéed in the pan until tender. However you want to get them soft and flavorful is fine.  Remember, you’ll need to let them reach room tempy before pureeing.

I recommend you blend up the almonds before adding in the cheese and beets.  This ensures that the nuts become fine enough and you don’t end up with any big chunks.  Once the almonds are the consistency of dry grits like you see below, you’re safe to add in the beets, cheese and olive oil and just whip it all together until it’s nice and creamy.

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Beet greens are a must in this pasta dish because they add that leafy green component, not to mention that beet greens are the best!  Such a bummer if ever I’m forced to buy the beets without the leaves attached. Anyway, these are just lightly sautéed so they’re still a tad firm for that nice texture.


I love the balance of this dish. The bitterness of the greens is such a nice contrast to the beet pesto and creamy ricotta. Serve with some additional pesto, ricotta and beet greens on the side in case anyone wants to add on some more.

beet pasta jars on side honest fare

I hope you’ll give it a try and enter that giveaway too!

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Makes about 16 oz of pesto. Great on pasta or just used as a spread on bread or sandwiches, etc. Feel free to skip the cheese if you’re vegan.

You need:

For the pesto:

  • 2 medium sized beets peeled and cut into cubes (about 1.5 cups worth)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil plus some for drizzling
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste

For the rest of the pasta:

  • Beet greens (if available) washed and roughly chopped
  • Ricotta cheese
  • 1lb whole wheat pasta of your choice
  • Splash sherry or rice vinegar


For the pesto:

  1. Wash and peel beets and cut into cubes. Peel and roughly dice garlic. Coat bottom of pan in olive oil and heat. Sauté beets with salt, pepper, garlic and fresh thyme on medium high heat with lid on, or roast in oven covered until soft all the way through. Add a little water to pan if you encounter any sticking. Taste and add a teaspoon of turbinado sugar and toss for added sweetness if needed. Set aside to cool.
  2. Pulse almonds in food processor until they are the texture of raw grits or coarse meal. Add room temperature beets and parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup olive oil. Whiz until smooth, adding more olive oil to keep things moving if necessary. Taste and add additional salt if needed. Add more parm cheese for an even richer flavor.

For the pasta:

    1. Add small drizzle of olive oil to a pan and heat to medium high. Add beet greens to pan with small splash of rice or sherry vinegar and cover pan with lid. Remove lid once greens begin to steam and wilt a little, and continue to cook uncovered until just tender. Remove from heat and keep covered until pasta is ready.
    2. Salt a pot of water and boil pasta to your liking, then strain and reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water. Toss hot pasta in beet pesto while slowly adding a little pasta water to help incorporate the pesto evenly on the pasta.
    3. Serve pasta warm, topped with beet greens and ricotta cheese and a little drizzle of olive oil.



  1. Rafal
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 12:34 PM | Permalink

    I don’t instagram but I do like your picture in real life. Which may or may not be worth more.

  2. KLK
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 12:44 PM | Permalink

    Your recipe looks delish! My phone is antiquated, still have a older TV , no ipad or ipod, just a desktop pc. When I can find a job, I may splurge a little and also learn instagram

  3. Sherri Garner
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 1:22 PM | Permalink

    I would like to enter the contest.I am a vegetarian, I like this recipe, however I do not use or own a cell phone.

  4. Posted October 7, 2013 at 1:22 PM | Permalink

    Can’t do instagram, but love the dish and the dish. :-) Cannot wait to make beet pesto! Thank you!

  5. Kristen
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM | Permalink

    That dish is really lovely!

  6. Posted October 7, 2013 at 2:19 PM | Permalink

    Hi, Sorry I’m very inept regarding computers, so I don’t instagram. Your beet pesto recipe sounds wonderful, and the bowl is absolutely beautiful and so functional. I would appreciate being entered in the contest. Thank you.

  7. Posted October 7, 2013 at 3:30 PM | Permalink

    I am another no cell phone photo person no instagram person who is thrilled to see this recipe because I just got back from the store with beets and their greens. Beautiful dish I ‘d love to own- would appreciate addition to contest.


  8. Magdalen
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 4:25 PM | Permalink

    Don’t have instagram, but your photos and the dish are lovely! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  9. Bobby B
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 4:32 PM | Permalink

    Hi, I’m glad I have a cell phone with instagram installed!
    Not living under a rock will come handy today!

  10. Posted October 7, 2013 at 6:49 PM | Permalink

    I have hopes of filling that gorgeous white ceramic dish with the flavors and colors of fall – golden squash, emerald kale, and perfect pale pears.

  11. Posted October 7, 2013 at 10:41 PM | Permalink

    Beautiful! I love how vibrant the beets make the pasta!

  12. marilyn Kandus
    Posted October 8, 2013 at 4:27 AM | Permalink

    oh dear, count me in with your dear Auntie.
    I am inept when it comes to all this media stuff, I am happy to be able to reply via email and say”please count me in” I would live to enter the contest for the beautiful bowl -it does show off the beet color to great advantage. Thanks for the recipe.

  13. Jeanne
    Posted October 8, 2013 at 7:18 AM | Permalink

    Love, love, love the bowl and the looks of the pasta! How sensorial!

  14. Christine H
    Posted October 8, 2013 at 9:24 AM | Permalink

    Your photo and recipe looks wonderful–I’m a newcomer to fresh beets, but am loving them more and more, so can’t wait to try this! And the ceramic dish is beautiful, as well–I love beautifully made items like this!–so thank you for considering my entry!

  15. Allison
    Posted October 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM | Permalink

    I don’t do instagram, but that ceramic dish looks absolutely beautiful, and I would love to win it! That beet pasta looks perfect for dinner tonight, too!

  16. jane Calloway
    Posted October 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM | Permalink

    I just found your website last week and I LOVE IT, Thanks! I do not do Instagram, but is you can enter me in the contest for this beautiful bowl. Thanks again, Jane

  17. Posted October 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM | Permalink

    I have recently been obsessing with beets, but I never would have thought to make a pesto! The pasta is absolutely gorgeous!

  18. Jen P
    Posted October 8, 2013 at 7:12 PM | Permalink

    I’m a non-instagrammer but I will comment here. Beets are the best, and so is Vietri. I try to attend their annual warehouse sale here in NC, but my wish list always outpaces my budget.

  19. Tami
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 7:29 AM | Permalink

    This understated beauty just proves that you do not have to be glam to be a show-stopper. What a classy, simple gem of eye candy with functionality to boot. Be still my foodie heart.

  20. Carolsue
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 5:46 PM | Permalink

    I liked you and “hearted” your beet photo on Instagram!

  21. Posted October 11, 2013 at 11:50 AM | Permalink

    What a fantastic looking pasta dish – the color! It’s really an eye-catcher and I’m sure it’s as delicious as it looks.

  22. Antoinette
    Posted October 12, 2013 at 2:57 PM | Permalink

    Beet pesto, who knew! It sounds like I am in good company with your Mom and Aunt Loretta, no instagram. Thanks!

  23. Denise
    Posted October 14, 2013 at 10:20 PM | Permalink

    Hello. Someone told me about your blog and “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook. I look forward to looking through your blog. Denise

  24. Posted October 17, 2013 at 10:38 AM | Permalink

    This is so pretty! And definitely something I’d have never in a million years thought to do. I can’t even remember ever really eating beets before I meet you. You’re the beet queen.

  25. Posted October 20, 2013 at 12:34 AM | Permalink

    STU-NNING photos!! ;)

  26. Posted November 10, 2013 at 7:58 PM | Permalink

    wow can’t wait to try this recipe – original and pretty. And i love beets :)