James Viles’ Pappardelle with Smoked Beetroot, Poppy Seeds & Goats Cheese Recipe

I love a great vegetarian pasta, especially if there’s cheese or cream involved. This James Viles recipe perfectly pairs sweet, smoky beetroot with salty goats cheese and silky ribbons of egg pappardelle. Poppy seeds add crunch and nuttiness, butter builds richness, and beetroot leaves (which I find are reminiscent of kale) bring a vibrant freshness. This is perfect for a quick mid-week dinner, especially if you skip the smoking part of the recipe to speed up the process. I was also thinking you could improvise this if you don’t have poppy seeds in your pantry by swapping for hazelnuts or other seeds.

Eric halved the recipe below to make dinner for the two of us. It serves four, otherwise.

  • 1 Barilla La Collezione pappardelle all’uovo
  • 1 large red beetroots
  • 80g butter
  • 10g poppy seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 40ml olive oil
  • 100g good quality goats cheese
  • beetroot leaves
  • salt
  • timber for smoking

Place a pot of salted water on the boil. Peel then cut the beetroot into small slices. Cook in the water until almost soft. Remove beetroot from water for smoking; place timber in a deep baking dish, place the beetroot on a wire rack on top of the tray and light the timber. Smother the beetroot by placing another tray on top. Repeat the process until the desired level of smoke is achieved. Slice the garlic and gently cook in the olive oil. Add the poppy seeds, followed by the beetroot, and stir. Cook the pasta for 4-6 minutes in boiling salted water. Add the pasta to the beetroot mixture, remove from the heat and add the butter. Season and place into a bowl. Crumble the goats cheese over the top. Place torn beetroot leaves on top to finish.

This recipe was created by James Viles of Biota Dining. All ingredients and the recipe were supplied via Barilla.

Sliced beetroot after smoking
Egg pappardelle from Barilla
Seasoning the pasta
Tossing the pappardelle
Plating begins
Placing the beetroot slices
Eric being a bit lame using tweezers
Crumbling the goats cheese
Plating is so tedious
And ta-da!

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