Look at the beautiful red color in this beetroot cream penne recipe. Simply amazing.
By Zita Nagy
My body has a lack of iron (just a little bit) these days so I try to eat as many meals as I can that are rich in iron. Iron rich foods can fortify your blood, in a properly balanced diet. Iron, the metal, is an element that is also a nutrient mineral that humans need to consume as a part of our everyday diet. Iron, in some form, is essential for good health. It is also important to eat foods rich in vitamin C because this vitamin enhances the absorption of iron into our body. If we are not getting enough iron, the best way to increase our iron intake is by effecting a slight change in our eating habits.
If you are a vegetarian like me it’s good to know that foods such as beans, whole grains, spinach and dried fruits have a significant amount of iron.
- - 200 g penne pasta
- - 3 medium beetroot, peeled and diced
- - 3-4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
- - 2 sprigs thyme
- - 4 tabelspoons olive oil
- - 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- - ½ cup vegetable stock
- - ¼ cup cream or oat cream
- - ½ cup grated parmesan
- - 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- - salt, pepper
- In a bowl mix together the diced beetroot with 2 tablespoons olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper. Place it on a baking sheet and roast at 180C (356F) until tender (about 30-40 minutes). In the last 10 minutes baking, sprinkle the beets with the garlic and bake them together.
- Transfer garlicy beets to a food processor and add balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, ¼ cup grated parmesan and pulse until it gets smooth. Transfer the mixture to a pan and add vegetable stock, cream and the leftover parmesan. Season with salt and pepper and simmer on low temperature while you prepare the rest of the dish.
- In a medium sized pan bring water to a boil. Add salt into the boiling water and cook the penne al dente. Drain and set aside. In a dry non-stick pan toast the poppy seeds in 2-3 minutes.
- Pour the beetroot sauce over the penne and serve immediately. Sprinkle with fresh thyme, the toasted poppy seed and some parmesan.