Recession/Depression Dinner Series # 15:  An easy Vegetarian Dish using Farfalle, Golden Beets, Beet Greens, and Pinenuts.


I cannot believe it has been already been another full week to our recession proof meals.  Tonight’s dinner ended on a high note with a recipe from Bon Appetit’s February issue which was all about 50 easy ways to eat Green.  It is was a pasta dish and I loved this recipe as it was all about not wasting right down to recycling the water that you used for cooking.  I am not going to tell you much about the process of making it as I want you to check out the recipe, but I will say that we both loved the end result it was sweet from the beets and nutty from the toasted pine nuts, a really great combination – kind of like our relationship, I am sweet and Lenny is nutty!

As well I have attached a little podcast we did tonight.  It is a recap of our recession dinner series and what to look forward to this week.  It is our first so be kind.  We hope you enjoy!

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Farfalle with Golden Beets, Beet Greens, & Pine Nuts


  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 large onions small dice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bunches golden beets with fresh healthy greens; beets peeled, each cut into 4 wedges, greens cut into 1 inch wide strips
  • 12 ounces farfalle pasta
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese for serving

How To:

  1. Heat heavy large skillet over medium heat.  Add pine nuts and stir until lightly toasted, about 3 minutes.  Transfer to small bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons oil and onions to the same skillet and saute until beginning to soften and turn golden about 10 minutes.  Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to saute until onions are tender and browned, about 30 minutes longer.  Add garlic and stir 2 minutes.  Scatter beet greens over onions.  Drizzle remaining 2 tablespoons oil over; cover and cook until beet greens are tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook beets in large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 10 minutes.  Using a slotted spoon, transfer beets to a medium bowl.  Return water to boil.  Add pasta to beet cooking liquid and cook until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally.  Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking liquid.  Return pasta to pot.
  3. Stir onion-greens mixture and beets into pasta.  Add pasta cooking liquid by 1/3 cupfuls to moisten.  Season with salt and coarsely ground black pepper.  Stir in 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese.  Divide pasta among shallow bowls.  Sprinkle with pine nuts.
  4. Serve.
  5. Eat.



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