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Cilantro pesto beet fettuccine with arugula and cream dressing

Cilantro pesto beet fettuccine with arugula and cream dressing
Los Angeles Times

Diva Dompe and Amanda Brown pad barefoot around Dompe's rickety house in the sun-soaked hills of Echo Park, preparing a "cheesy" vegan sauce of cashews, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice to mix with spiraled zucchini noodles. Once the concoction ... Read more

Total time: 30 minutes plus soaking time for the cashews and draining time for the beets | Serves 2


  • 1 large beet, peeled (alternatively, you can use 1 large zucchini)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt (he uses Celtic sea salt)

Step 1Use a spiralizer or saladaco to cut the beet into long fettuccine noodles. (If using the zucchini, slice it thinly lengthwise into strips about the thickness and width of a fettuccine noodle.)

Step 2Place the noodles in a bowl and toss with the sea salt. Set the noodles aside for at least 30 minutes to an hour to allow the salt to extract excess water and soften the noodles.

Step 3Press the noodles gently but firmly in a strainer to extract excess moisture and set aside. (If you have a food dehydrator, you can lightly coat the noodles with olive oil, spread them on a nonstick sheet and dehydrate them at 100 degrees for about 30 minutes to soften even more.)

Cilantro pesto

  • 1/2 cup unfiltered olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 large bunch cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/8 cup pine nuts

Step 1While the noodles are softening, prepare the pesto.

Step 2In a blender, combine the oil, vinegar and nutritional yeast and blend well. Add the cilantro and garlic and blend as needed for desired thickness and texture.

Step 3Add the pine nuts and blend quickly to coarsely chop, giving the pesto a thicker texture. Makes about 1 cup pesto. Set aside.

Arugula with cream dressing

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked at least 4 hours, then drained
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
  • Water
  • 2 cups packed arugula, gently torn

Step 1Prepare the cream dressing: In the bowl of a food processor, combine the cashews, garlic, lemon juice and sea salt and process until smooth. Add the tarragon and thyme and, with the motor running, add enough water to achieve the desired consistency. (Add less water for a thicker dressing, more for a thinner dressing.) This makes about 1 cup dressing.

Step 2Place the arugula in a medium bowl and toss with enough dressing to lightly coat (you may not use all the dressing). Set the salad aside while you prepare the rest of the meal.

Cilantro pesto beet fettuccine and final assembly

  • Beet fettuccine, drained
  • Cilantro pesto
  • Arugula salad with cream dressing
  • Pine nuts for garnish

Step 1Place the noodles in a large bowl. Stir in a few generous tablespoons of the pesto and mix well, making sure to coat all the noodles with the sauce.

Step 2Divide the noodles between 2 plates, leaving room for the salad, and spoon more pesto over each serving. Divide the arugula salad between the 2 plates. Garnish the pasta with a sprinkling of pine nuts and serve immediately.

Note: From Stephen Hauptfuhr at Mooi. Soak the cashews for the cream dressing at least 4 hours. Spiralizers and saladacos are spiral slicers that are sometimes available at cooking stores and are widely available online. Celtic sea salt and unfiltered olive oil are available at most cooking stores and select well-stocked markets. Nutritional yeast is generally available at health food stores as well as in the health food sections of well-stocked markets.


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