This simple but impressive dish of vibrant scarlet beetroot spaghetti served with seared scallops is easy to make after work, but still impressive enough to serve at a dinner party. Dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes.
100gBeetroot - peeled and grated, or use precooked from the supermarket
25gWalnuts - lightly toasted
10gherby salad leaves
Bring a large pot of water to the boil, add salt and start to cook the spaghetti.
While the spaghetti cooks, add half the oil to a frying pan and saute the beetroot over a medium heat. After a few minutes' cooking time, take half a cup of the pasta cooking water, and season. Allow to simmer to reduce and to make a sauce.
Fry the scallops in the remainder of the oil, over a medium heat, for about 3 minutes on each side until they are golden brown and cooked through.
Drain the spaghetti, reserving a little of the cooking water. Add the spaghetti to the beetroot sauce. It should turn a beautiful scarlet. Add more cooking water if you need to adjust the consistency.
Serve immediately, topping the beetroot spaghetti with the scallops, walnuts, a few salad leaves and beetroot crisps.
You can use either grated fresh beetroot, or ready cooked vacuum packed beetroot. I love the packets of cooked beetroot as they are shelf stable for months and perfect for your pantry. You absolutely don't want to use pickled beets for this!
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