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1. Gather the ingredients

  • leftover pasta of any shape
  • 1 beetroot
  • 1 garlic clove
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh oregano

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2. Heat up the pasta

Heat up the leftover pasta in a pan with some water and set aside.

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3. Soften the beetroot

To make the vibrant pink sauce, cut the beetroot into small pieces, mix with the chopped garlic clove and heat up in a pan or for 2 minutes in a microwave so the root softens.

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4. Blend the mix

Bring the pink mix into a plastic jar and blend away. Don’t worry about leaving some beetroot chunks — you can eat them later with the pasta.

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5. Dye

Add the sauce into the pan with the pasta and stir for a few minutes in moderate heat until everything turns bright pink.

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6. Serve

Serve and decorate with fresh oregano, a dash of extra virgin olive oil, marine salt and pepper, or add some raw green leaves for a surprising and high contrast dish!

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