Pasta Shells with Roasted Beetroot, Goats Cheese & Fennel

16 07 2012

Yes, I do rather love beetroot. Sorry if you are feeling somewhat un-enamoured by that fact (it’s a word on this blog it is), and sorry too if you think I should change my blog’s name to ‘afoodieliveshere, and she only eats beetroot’. You see, I keep buying these bulk bags of it, and well there’s just always MORE. But this, well this dish is just beautifully simple and the earthiness of the beetroot lends a whole new dimension to the end result.
Also, with it being meat-free Monday and all, that means that I can once again point a surreptitious finger in the general direction of my soap box, and my MFMonday ramblings…

Serves 2 | Preparation time 10 minutes | Cooking time 10 minutes
[Plus 20 mins unattended for beetroot to roast]

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
6 beetroot heads, peeled (use rubber gloves) and roughly chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Pasta for 2 people, I used shells (about 2 cups)
1 log goats cheese, roughly crumbled
Handful chopped fresh fennel (or parsley/basil/baby spinach) (I only had spinach)
2 Tbsp toasted pine nuts

WHAT TO DO
1. Pre-heat oven to 180C. Peel and chop beetroot and drizzle with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Place in an oven-proof dish and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until cooked through.

2. When the beetroot is almost ready, cook the pasta according to packet instructions; drain, drizzle with a little olive oil and then toss gently together with the beetroot and remaining ingredients. Add an extra splash of balsamic vinegar before serving if you like.

* Alternatively, use pre-cooked beetroot but NOT the kind stored in vinegar, and then roast for half the allocated time mentioned above.

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