Rachael Ray’s Italian Drunken Spaghetti Recipe

October 27, 2015 6:00 AM

Photo Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Photo Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Photo Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Photo Courtesy of Simon & Schuster


Rachael Ray is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty cookbooks. She is the host of the Food Network’s 30 Minute Meals and Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off, as well as the Cooking Channel’s and the Food Network’s Week in a Day. She is also the star of the syndicated talk show Rachael Ray; founder and editorial director of her own lifestyle magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray; and founder of the Yum-o! organization.


Rachael Ray’s new book, Everyone Is Italian On Sundays, from sister company Simon & Schuster is available now.



Rachael Ray says that Italian Sundays are all about bringing family, friends, and neighbors together and creating wonderful memories while savoring the pleasures of great homemade food. Rachael’s recipe for Drunken Spaghetti with Sweet Roasted Beets and Ricotta Salata from her new cookbook, Everyone Is Italian on Sunday, is sure to lead to some wonderful new memories of your own.

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Photo Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Photo Courtesy of Simon & Schuster


Drunken Spaghetti With Sweet Roasted Beets And Ricotta Salata

Serves 4 to 6

This is a dish I often make for friends because of its color, but it’s the flavors that make return guests request it again and again. If you love the combination of sweet and salty, this dish is for you.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch beets with large leafy tops
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for the beets
    Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 (750ml) bottle red Zinfandel or Barolo wine
  • 4 large shallots, or 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley tops, finely chopped
  • ½ pound ricotta salata cheese, crumbled or grated

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Trim the beet greens, wash well, and cut into 1-inch-wide ribbons. Trim the beets, but leave unpeeled. Rub the beets with oil, season with salt and pepper, and place in a baking dish. Cover with foil and roast until tender, 50 minutes to 1 hour. When cool enough to handle, rub off the skins with a paper towel. (Rub your hands with a little oil to keep them from being stained.) Chop into small bite-size pieces (use a plastic cutting board so you don’t stain your wooden board).
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Salt the water and cook the pasta for 5 minutes, then drain. Return the empty pot to the stove, add the wine, bring to a boil, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes to reduce. Add the parcooked pasta and cook over medium-high heat, tossing frequently with tongs, until most of the liquid has evaporated and the pasta is al dente. Add the beet greens when the pasta is just
    about al dente.
  • Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat the oil (3 turns of the pan) over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and cook until tender, 7 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with the sugar. Add the vinegar and some of the wine sauce from the pasta pot and stir to deglaze the pan.
  • Scrape the onion mixture into the pasta pot and toss to combine with the pasta. Add the beets and
    parsley and toss well.
  • Serve topped with ricotta salata.

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Rachael Ray is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty cookbooks. She is the host of the Food Network’s 30 Minute Meals and Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off, as well as the Cooking Channel’s and the Food Network’s Week in a Day. She is also the star of the syndicated talk show Rachael Ray; founder and editorial director of her own lifestyle magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray; and founder of the Yum-o! organization.


Rachael Ray’s new book, Everyone Is Italian On Sundays, from sister company Simon & Schuster is available now.