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A question about a recipe: Warm Orzo Salad with Beets & Greens

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I have a question about the recipe "Warm Orzo Salad with Beets & Greens" from the parsley thief.

Wouldn't it be easier to cook the beets before peeling and just slip the skins off, then dice?

asked by joan1028 about 3 years ago
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Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

added about 3 years ago

Sure, you could do that but you want to make sure the beets are well scrubbed before boiling because you cook the orzo in the same water after the beets are taken out.

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added about 3 years ago

Like Amanda said, the orzo gets cooked in the beet water. This gives the pasta a vibrant reddish orange color. If you boil the beets with their skins on, the water may not become as tinted, and flecks of skin might boil off the beets...which would end up in your pasta.
But, you can skip this part too, and use a separate pot for the orzo. The pasta won't be red, but I'm sure it would still be tasty.