Linguine with Roasted Beets, Tarragon, and Caraway

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Linguine with Roasted Beets, Tarragon, and Caraway
Linguine with Roasted Beets, Tarragon, and Caraway
Viviane Bauquet Farre

Linguine with Roasted Beets, Tarragon, and Caraway

The recipe is simple enough, but the flavors are intense. The julienned beets are sautéed at high heat with the caraway seeds. Beets have a lot of moisture in them, so it takes several minutes for the slices to caramelize. But when they do, they acquire a deep, rich, earthy flavor that’s irresistible. To take that up a notch, I add some balsamic vinegar just before adding the pasta and reduce it until it glazes the beets.

The last touch is the fresh tarragon that’s tossed with the pasta. It picks up on the flavor of the caraway seeds and brightens the dish with its exquisite, fresh aromas.

4
Servings
500
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

*Note: The beets can be prepared up to this point and refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Ingredients

  • 6 medium-sized red beets, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 pound linguine
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh tarragon
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Sprigs of tarragon, for garnish

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Place the beets in a medium-sized baking dish. Fill the pan with ½-inch water. Cover tightly with foil and bake until tender, about 50-60 minutes. Remove from the pan and let cool to room temperature.

Peel and julienne the beets. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.* Heat a large, nonstick heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat. Add the oil, caraway seeds, and beets. Sauté until the beets have caramelized, tossing from time to time, about 10-12 minutes. (The beet slices will lose their moisture, shrink by ½ and look very dark around the edges.) Remove from heat and keep the beets in the pan.

In a large pot, bring 6 quarts water to a boil over high heat. Then, add the salt and pasta. Cook until al dente and drain well; reserve ½ cup pasta water. Return the skillet to the stove over high heat.

When the beets begin to sizzle, add the garlic and vinegar. Sauté until the vinegar has completely evaporated and glazed the beet slices, 1 minute only. Add the pasta, reserved pasta cooking water, and fresh tarragon. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Remove from heat, add the pasta, and toss until well coated with the sauce. (It’s while tossing the pasta with the beets that the pasta acquires its gorgeous red color. You’ll marvel at how fast it happens and how intense the color is!) Spoon the pasta into bowls. Garnish with sprigs of tarragon and a little olive oil, and serve immediately.

Roasted Beet Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Roasted Beet Cooking Tip

Root vegetables should be cooked slowly in order to ensure the inside is cooked as well as the outside.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
2g
3%
Sugar
13g
N/A
Saturated Fat
0.4g
2.1%
Protein
18g
36%
Carbs
102g
34%
Vitamin A
8µg
1%
Vitamin B6
0.4mg
18.5%
Vitamin C
9mg
15%
Vitamin E
0.2mg
1%
Vitamin K
2µg
2%
Calcium
92mg
9%
Fiber
8g
31%
Folate (food)
162µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
162µg
40%
Iron
4mg
20%
Magnesium
103mg
26%
Monounsaturated
0.3g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
3mg
13%
Phosphorus
286mg
41%
Polyunsaturated
0.9g
N/A
Potassium
778mg
22%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
9.4%
Sodium
589mg
25%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
10.7%
Zinc
2mg
15%