Italian Roasted Asparagus and Beets with Garlic-Bean Crostini

When I started Yummy Summer nearly a year ago, I wanted to create a place for sharing recipes. One of the most common conversations I have with friends and family is.....What have you been cooking lately that you really love? Any new ideas?

We all get into ruts in our own kitchens and it is such a joyous relief to tap into the repertoires of food-loving friends. I solicited recipes and many contributed to Yummy Supper in its nascent phase. With life being so busy for everyone, most of my cooking buddies barely have time to get supper on the table, let alone an extra minute to blog. On the other hand, I have found myself completely inspired by cooking new things, revisiting old favorites, and taking endless photos of it all.

Rachel is one of the best cooks I know. Her food is full of soul, love, health, and deliciousness. Anytime she shares a recipe, I know it will be good.

Rach sent me this recipe, and the next day I peeked into my box from Riverdog Farm and look what I found...

Here's Rachie's latest contribution... 

"Here's another recipe taken from Amy Coulter's One-Pot Vegetarian Dishes....  I follow Chez Panisse Vegetables' directions for roasting beets because I think it's easier than peeling them pre-roast, as Coulter suggests, but it does make the recipe two, rather than one pot.  Still, it's easy and yummy.  A great way to eat that lovely asparagus in season!

adapted from Amy Coulter's One-Pot Vegetarian Dishes
  • 1 19-oz can or 2 cups cooked cannellini beans
  • 3 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Romano cheese
  • 2 crushed cloves garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 loaf Crusty Italian Bread (Bay Area GF folks, I suggest fresh bread from Mariposa Bakery)
  • 1 large bunch beets, scrubbed and tops removed
  • 1 lb. asparagus, tough ends removed
  • 4 lemon wedges
Preheat oven to 400.

In food processor, combine beans, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the cheese, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.  Puree until smooth.

Roast beets whole in a covered dish with a splash of water for about 45minutes. Cook until tender when pierced with a fork.  When cool enough to handle, rub off the skins, halve and slice 1/4 inch thick.  Toss with 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar while still warm, allowing beets to sit for 10 minutes.  Add 1 teaspoon olive oil and salt to taste.

Brush slices of bread lightly with oil and bake on a sheet 5-7 minutes - until lightly toasted.  Shake crumbs off sheet.

Toss asparagus with 1 teaspoon olive oil and salt to taste.  Spread in a single layer on baking sheet and roast until tender about 10 - 15 minutes.

Set the bowl of bean puree in the center of a serving platter with beets, asparagus and lemon slices arranged around it. Our family eats this like an open-faced sandwich.  A little arugula is a nice addition, too."

Thank you Rach for this new recipe. It sounds so good! And another satisfying veggie-laden dish with no meat to be seen. Check out these other tasty recipes that Rachel submitted to Yummy Supper: Lentil Salad and Collard and Rice.



  1. now I know what to cook this weekend to balance out all those desserts I have on my mind :)
    has it been a year already????
    congratulations :)

  2. M, it will be a year for YS in just a few weeks. This next year should be quite different as YS hits the road.
    I need to make Rachie's dish too. Sounds good doesn't it?
    By the way, I keep dreaming of your cucumber gimlets. Must make soon!

  3. I'm curious...are you still planing on posting recipes during "pacific year"???? will you have computer/internet access???

  4. I'm guessing yes...since there is a new blog :)

  5. M, will be working yummy supper while traveling. When we travel it is always motivated by the next meal. I'll take lots of pix and share our food adventures with yummy supper readers. I'll even do some cooking classes etc...It will be different and hopefully really fun and inspiring:)

  6. great! this is all very exciting :)

  7. Hurrah! So glad to hear you're going to continue writing for us. (listen to me, saying "for us" as if you're giving special treatment).

    Loving the combination here -- I've actually never put asparagus and beets in the same dish. Why not? No clue!


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