#ItalianLove Beet Cashew Ricotta

#ItalianLove Beet Cashew Ricotta

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A cashew ricotta complements the sweet flavour of beet in this colorful dish.



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4 People 20 Hours  15 Hours

Ingredients

Cashew Ricotta

  • 1 large head garlic
  • 4 tsps (teaspoons) olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked 2–4 hours
  • 4 tsps nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsps (tablespoons) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 5 tsps apple cider vinegar

Pasta-Shaped Beets

  • ½ lb. beets, greens removed
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped (1½ cups)
  • 1½ tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1½ tsp mirin (rice wine)
  • 8 oz. whole-wheat linguine
  • ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

Method

To make Cashew Ricotta

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F. Slice garlic head, drizzle with 1 tsp oil and wrap in parchment paper, then in foil. Roast 1 hour, or until soft.

Step 2

Rinse and drain soaked cashews, and transfer to food processor. Add remaining 1 tbsp oil, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, salt, and vinegar. Squeeze roasted garlic from cloves into food processor, and blend until smooth.

To make Pasta shaped beets

Step 3

Boil beets in a large saucepan with enough water to cover the beets by an inch. Cover, simmer 35 to 40 minutes, or until beets are tender. Drain beets, and slip off skins under cool running water. Coarsely chop beets, and set aside.

Step 4

Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and sauté for 8 to 10 minutes.

Step 5

Cook 15 minutes more on medium-low heat. Stir in balsamic vinegar and mirin. Cook 2 minutes, or until liquid evaporates. Transfer onion mixture to food processor, add beets, and purée until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, if desired, and transfer to medium saucepan. Keep warm.

Step 6

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 3 tablespoons pasta water. Return pasta to pot; toss with beet sauce, add remaining 1 1/2 tsp oil, and reserved pasta water. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons Cashew Ricotta, and sprinkle with chopped parsley.