roasted roots

Roasted Roots Soba Noodles Recipe. Gluten-Free Friendly

Roasted Roots

Roasted roots

They are as delicious as they look demure and homely. When you roast the roots, you intensify their flavor. This is practically all you have to do to make this delicious pasta with roasted roots. The warm cinnamon is a great match for the robust roasted roots flavors.

Return to your roots:

Would  you  like  to  eat  the roasted roots all by themselves?  Go right ahead and snack on them; they are fantastic.

Or serve them with roast turkey or chicken.

I  trust  my  book  amply  bears  this  out: I  am  crazy  about  all  roots,  and  why not?  Lean, delicious, versatile,  incredibly  nutritious—how  can  you  miss?  I run  home  with  all  roots—no  matter how misshapen and grimy and odd- looking—I find at the market, the way people bring home cast-off, disheveled animals and by dint of love and attention groom them into perfectly domesticated pets. Roots always make me think of the universal line in Psalm 118:23: “Even maasu habonim haita lerosh pina,” which translates as “The stone that the builders discarded has become the cornerstone.”

Go, humble roots!

Yes, they are involved in thrilling rags-to-riches stories!

I am making a pasta dish with the roasted roots in this recipe.

Pasta dinners are a good place to experiment with all low gluten and gluten free pasta. I love soba (buckwheat) noodles. And if you want to use gluten-free pasta, the dish will be delicious too.

Any roasted roots will be great

Play with your favorite roots beside the ones I have suggested: beets, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, shallots etc

Kitchen hammer

 

If I had a kitchen hammer, I would eat my veggies more often!

In answer to the very frequent question: “how did you get the idea to use a hammer in the kitchen?”

You may find the use of a hammer in the kitchen somewhat odd and unbecoming, but you will quickly change your mind when you see how many thankless tasks it performs in a jiffy. A hammer makes short work of cutting all those monolithic items that usually cause us so much grief in the kitchen: butternut squash, kabocha squash, pumpkin, chocolate blocks, big turnips, and more. No force and no pressure whatsoever. Simply place a cleaver with the blade poised on the spots where you want to cut. Hit the cleaver with a hammer, with one clean strike to the brute, and voilà!

Ingredients

  • 1 large turnip
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 medium celery root
  • 1 large wedge kabocha squash, unpeeled
  • 12 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • Salt and ground pepper to taste

 

  • 1 pound soba noodles or gluten-free pasta

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

Line a cookie sheet with foil. Dice all the vegetables about ½ inch and combine them with all but last ingredient. Place the mixture in one layer on the cookie sheet (use 2 if necessary) and roast about 20 minutes, or a little longer, until dark and soft.

Boil the noodles in a large pot of boiling water with a little added oil and salt.

Drain and reserve ½ cup cooking liquid. Toss the pasta and reserved cooking liquid with the roasted vegetable mixture, along with any juice that may have accumulated. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Makes 8 servings

Yield: Makes 8 servings.

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