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Pasta with Beets

What you need: 

1-2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons white wine
2 cups beets, diced
1/2 cup white wine
1 tablespoon oregano
1/4 tablespoon crushed red pepper, or to taste

What you do: 

1. Saute onions and garlic in 2 tablespoons vegan wine until fairly soft.
2. Add beets (I bet you could add the beet greens here, too!) and cook for about five minutes.
3. Add vegan white wine and spices and cook until beets are tender. Serve over pasta.
Source of recipe: This is freely adapted from a recipe by Laurie Colwin.'

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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I've never cooked beets, and this recipe seemed nice and simple. It didn't have a ton of flavor. I would definitely add something to the sauce to make it more robust!
Good news: I love beets!

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To my great surprise, this turned out really well!  I'm not a big fan of unadulterated beets, but the flavor really works with the wine.  I must admit I added a single diced tomato as a kind of voodoo charm, and topped the finished dish with nutritional yeast.  Definitely didn't need the tomato, and nutritional yeast, well, it goes on everything with pasta.

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This looks good, I was looking for a way to use up some beets that my mom bought.  I just wanted to note that vineger is not just wine with the alcohol evaporated.  Vineger is actually spoiled wine.  I make wine and vineger is my enemy.  If the wrong bacteria gets into the mix while making wine then instead of wine you get vineger.  Hence why when making wine you have to be VERY clean, use food grade disenfectant on hands, utensils, and all surfaces that come in contact with the wine mix, and have as little exposure to the air possible since bacteria from the air can turn wine to vineger too.  To ferment the wine you use wine yeast that is almost exactly like bread yeast.  But for this recipe, I think vineger would do fine in place of wine, I plan to use red wine, don't have any white wine.

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I made this with red wine and it was still yummy!!! 

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any thoughts on something that could be used instead of the white wine? 

sure! use wine vinegar or grape vinegar (diluted of course). it's almost the same because when spirit evarporates from wine it leaves vinegar.

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any thoughts on something that could be used instead of the white wine? 

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I wouldn't pre-cook the beets.
Beets are great raw, as are the beet greens. But make sure you wash them real good before using them (peeling beets can easily make you kitchen look straight out of an episode of CSI)

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do you need to cook the beets at all before you add them, or just toss them in raw? please let me know. thanks!

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Here's an even better link about vegan wines...

http://www.veganporn.com/booze.pl

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Hey,

Here's a good site re: vegan wines & beers---

http://vegans.frommars.org/wine/faq.php

Hope that helps!  :)

-Katie

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