Killer Beet Green White Bean Penne

Top the Killer Beet Green White Bean Penne with a drizzle of Balsamic Syrup, Shredded Parmesan, and Toasted Pine Nuts (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Killer Beet Green White Bean Penne. Fresh beet greens have historically ended up either with my next door farm neighbors who love beet greens, chopped up in my fresh salads, or headed to the compost pile if they arrive overly wilted or damaged. Recently, I bought some gorgeous organic red beets at the grocery store. The associated beet greens were very lovely this time — fresh and crisp rather than wilted. I just had to do something wonderful with those beautiful beet greens this time.

Fresh beet greens
The lovely fresh greens from the top of beet plants (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Roasted beets are the best when served in salads or alongside main courses. But the greens! They can be eaten raw or sauteed in butter or olive oil.

My Killer Beet Green White Bean Penne is a simple pasta dish that doesn’t take long to prepare. Just a little chopping and some quick simmering and also cooking some penne. Cooked penne is tossed with sauteed onion and garlic along with dry white wine, vegetable stock, chopped parsley, cannellini beans, beet greens and lemon juice. Top with a drizzle of balsamic syrup, shredded Parmesan cheese, finely chopped parsley, and toasted pine nuts.

I like to use penne for this recipe. You can use either regular or whole grain penne. The “bite” of the whole grain penne is my favorite.

Trader Joe's Penne
Trader Joe’s Penne Rigate (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Whole Foods Market’s 365 brand organic white cannellini beans are inexpensive and a versatile item to keep on hand in your pantry.

Whole Foods Market's 365 brand cannellini beans in a can
Whole Foods Market’s 365 brand cannellini white beans (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Start out by cooking some penne. Drain and set aside when done. Then chop some onion and saute in some olive oil. Add some minced garlic.

Warm the olive oil
Warm the olive oil (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Dice some onions
Dice some onion (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Saute onion and garlic
Saute the onion and then add some garlic (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Deglaze the pan with some dry white wine.

Deglaze pan with white wine
Deglaze the pan with some white wine (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add vegetable stock.

Add Vegetable Stock
Add the vegetable stock (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add chopped parsley.

Fresh Italian Parsley
Fresh Italian Parsley (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Mince some parsley
Chop some parsley (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Add minced parsley
Add the parsley (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add some white cannellini beans.

Add white beans
Add some white cannellini beans (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add some fresh lemon juice.

Add lemon juice
Add some freshly squeezed lemon juice (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the cooked and drained penne to the pan and toss.

Add cooked penne to pan
Add the cooked penne to the pan (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Chop the beet greens and add to the penne.

Chop beet greens
Chop the beet greens (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Add beet greens
Stir in the beet greens (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Let the beet greens wilt a bit, stirring to warm through. Season with salt and pepper.

Let beet greens wilt
Let the beet greens wilt a bit (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Plate the Killer Beet Green White Bean Penne.

Plate the penne
Plate the Killer Beet Green White Bean Penne (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add a drizzle of balsamic syrup, shredded parmesan and toasted pine nuts.

Top the Killer Beet Green White Bean Penne with a drizzle of Balsamic Syrup, Shredded Parmesan, and Toasted Pine Nuts (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

And garnish with some minced parsley.

Garnish with parsley
Garnish the Killer Beet Green White Bean Penne with parsley (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

This penne dish is “Killer” because I think it’s a pretty original recipe that unexpectedly tastes great. You can add some chopped cooked chicken for your meat-loving friends.

My Killer Beet Green White Bean Penne is a plant-based recipe if you omit the Parmesan cheese. Use your fave vegan “Parmesan” cheese or just sprinkle some nooch on top.

Enjoy!

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Killer Beet Green White Bean Penne

8 oz. regular or whole wheat penne (cook to instructions, al dente)
2 T olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c dry white wine
2 c vegetable stock
1 T coarsley chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 can (14oz) white cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 T lemon juice
2 c chopped beet greens, thick stems removed if you don’t like them (rinse well and dry before chopping)
salt and pepper, to taste

1 T Balsamic Vinegar Syrup for drizzling
1/4 c shredded Parmesan cheese (or your favorite vegan cheese)
2 T finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 T toasted pine nuts (Trader Joes carries dry-toasted pine nuts or you can toast your own pine nuts slowly in a pan over low heat)

Method:

1. Cook the penne following the package instructions. When it’s ready, drain it and set aside.
2. While the penne is cooking, warm some olive oil in a chef’s pan over medium low heat.
3. Saute the onion in the olive oil until translucent.
4. Add the minced garlic, stir, and saute a minute or so.
5. Deglaze the pan with the white wine. Let the alcohol burn off for a minute or so.
6. Add the vegetable stock, parsley, cannellini beans, and lemon juice. Let cook for 5 minutes.
7. Add the drained penne and cook until warmed through.
8. Add the beet greens and stir until the beet greens start to wilt.
9. Season with salt and pepper.
10. Divide the killer beet green white bean penne amongst 4 serving dishes.
11. Top each with a drizzle of balsamic syrup, and a sprinkle of shredded Parmesan, chopped parsley, toasted pine nuts and serve.

Serves 2 as a main course and 4 as a pasta course. Offer with my Simple Cucumber Salad or cup of my Rich Roasted Vegetable Soup.

Variations: Add some cooked chicken or even chicken sausage to this plant-based dish. Use a vegan cheese instead of shredded Parmesan. Add some arugula leaves for a peppery taste.

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