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Recipe: Roasted Carrots and Beets with Pecan Pesto

Serves: 6
Source: The Food Network


1 1/2 pounds carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces and halved lengthwise if large
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
6 medium beets (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1/4 cup pecans
1 cup fresh parsley
1 cup fresh mint
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese


1) Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Toss the carrots with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Tear off 3 pieces of foil; put 2 beets on each sheet. Drizzle the beets with 1 tablespoon olive oil and wrap in the foil. Transfer the carrots and beets to the oven; bake the carrots until browned and tender, 30 to 35 minutes, and bake the beets until easily pierced with a knife, 50 minutes to 1 hour.
2) Meanwhile, toast the pecans in a small dry skillet over low heat, stirring, about 5 minutes; let cool. Transfer to a food processor; add the parsley, mint, garlic, lemon zest, 2 tablespoons water, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Pulse a few times to make a paste. With the machine running, gradually add the remaining 1/3 cup olive oil and puree until smooth. Add the parmesan and pulse to combine.
3) Let the beets cool slightly, then peel and cut into wedges. Transfer to a large bowl or serving dish and add the carrots and pesto; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.

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