I love when I go searching for new recipes to use up a particular ingredient and I find one that features other things I already have on hand, and it turns out to be my new favourite dish. The flavours are simple but bold in their own ways and the hazelnuts really pull it all together. Yum!
Adapted from Martha Stewart
Serves 2 as a meal (or 4 as a starter or side)
3/4 pound linguine
1 tablespoon olive oil (plus more for drizzling)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 pound beet greens, rinsed, dried and coarsely chopped
1/3 cup toasted hazelnuts, chopped
2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta to just el dente (really try not to let it overcook as it will cook a bit more later). Reserve a cup of pasta water then drain and set pasta aside.
Meanwhile heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and let cook until it just becomes fragrant. Add beet greens and saute until wilted about 2 minutes. Add pasta, cheese, and a few splashes of pasta water. Stir everything continuously so the cheese melts and creates a creamy sauce. Add more water as needed. Add hazelnuts and serve.