now, don’t let the title scare you away. i’d thought about naming it “w/ mystery pink sauce” but i figured that would harken back to grammer school days of eating mystery meat from the cafeteria, which isn’t necessary any better than beets. so i just decided to keep it real.
i got this recipe idea from my sister-in-law (who has the same name as me) and her husband. since the four of us share a csa box, they, like us, had beets stored up that they didn’t quite know what to do with. last sunday when we met them at the farmers market to split up the box, there were even more beets that came in it. “have you used your beets yet?” she asked. definitely no. “you should make this yummy pasta we made the other night!”
when i got home, i couldn’t remember how she had said they made it, except that they put sausage in it. so i attempted to make my own. and it was DELISH! i couldn’t taste the beets in even the slightest bit (and neither could hubby, whew!) – -thanks to the spiciness. who would have thought — pasta, beef, and beets???? weird! the best part about this: i used only 1 pot to make it all. i love when that happens! (so does hubby, since he’s the official dish washer.)
i didn’t have sausage, so i spiced up some ground beef with ingredients i thought would be sausage-esque. and, like my other recipes, i threw in random veggies from my csa box that i needed to get rid of in a sneaky way. feel free to omit those if you don’t have them on hand, or to substitute them with other veggies to your liking.
whole wheat spaghetti noodles (i believe i used ¼ – 1/3 box)
approx. 1/3 lb. ground beef **
1 medium onion, chopped
1 jalepeno, diced** (with or without the seeds, your choice — remember, the seeds make it hotter!)
2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
3 small radishes, scrubbed clean and shredded
3 small fresh beets, peeled and shredded
a few leaves of swiss chard, chopped (my sister-in-law used the green tops from the beets)
shredded parmesan, for topping
**substitute these ingredients for sausage
1) cook spaghetti according to directions on package. drain, reserving about 1 cup pasta water; set aside both water and pasta.
2) in the same pot you used to cook the pasta in, set to med-high heat, add ground beef and onions. cook until beef is browned. add next 7 ingredients (jalepeno through chard) and reserved pasta water. cook about 10 minutes.
3) return spaghetti to pot. stir to combine.
4) serve garnished with shredded parmesan on top.