As our weather begins to cool comfort food is coming a knocking. Very few things say comfort to me more than a beautiful pasta. This linguine is just that while remaining light and fresh. Earthy flavours from the beetroot pair so well with the sweet acidity from the balsamic. Top that off with some super creamy goat’s cheese and it’s no wonder this combo is such a classic.
I used a mix of gorgeous red, golden and candy striped beets I picked up from the market but you can use whatever you get your hands on. As for the goat’s cheese you want the super creamy kind. I used Chavroux. It’s my achilles heel of the cheese world and if left alone at home with a tub of it i’ll just gobble it up with a spoon.
Balsamic Beets & Goat’s Cheese Linguine
- 500g wholewheat linguine
- 8 medium beetroot- mixed
- handful fresh thyme sprigs
- 45ml olive oil
- 45ml balsamic vinegar
- 4 large shallots, sliced
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed
- 150g creamy goats cheese, best quality
- sea salt flakes
- freshly ground black pepper
To serve: Fresh baby leaves
Preheat oven to 180˚C.
Wash and scrub the beets well. Cut them into quarters. Place on a baking tray lined with aluminium foil. Add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, thyme and season well with salt and pepper. Toss to coat the beets. Cover with another layer of aluminium foil and roast for 45-60 minutes until the beets are tender and a knife can easily slip through their flesh. Remove from the oven and set aside.
Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and reserve 1 cup of cooking liquid.
In a large saucepan fry the shallots and garlic in olive oil until soft and fragrant. Season. Toss in the beets and all their cooking juices. Finally add the pasta and use the pasta water to loosen if necessary. Coat the pasta well with the sauce.
Finish with large dollops of goat’s cheese and some fresh baby leaves tossed in balsamic.
Serve with a cold glass of Krone Chardonnay Pinot Noir.
*Disclaimer: This utterly delicious vino was provided by the awesome folks from Krone