What to Do With Beet Greens? Make Naturally Pink Soup

What to Do With Beet Greens? Make Naturally Pink Soup

Don’t throw away your beet greens. Use them to make this naturally pink soup. Once you add them to the soup they gradually dye it in this beautiful pink color. Beet greens are also very delicious and nutritious. They are high in fiber, vitamins and contain several of the most potent antioxidants.

I’ve created this recipe a long time ago when my daughter was a toddler. She refused to eat any greens until I made her this soup. It is a simple vegetable soup, but I explained to her that it is magical. I told her that beet greens have special powers, and they are going to change the color of the soup once I add them. She was so impressed with the change of the color that she decided to try the soup and she loved it so much. Years later she still asks me, “when are you going to make the pink soup?”

What to do with Beet Leaves? Make Naturally Pink Soup

Tips about making the pink soup

  • To make the soup you start with sautéing the onion and carrot with some salt. Cook them for few minutes until they are softer.
  • Then you add the water or broth. I used homemade chicken broth.
  • Once the water starts boiling season with salt and pepper to taste. Then add the chopped potatoes, mushrooms and the angel hair pasta to the pot.
  • I never measure how much pasta I add. I usually add whole wheat angel pasta. My favorite brand is Delallo, but you can use whatever pasta you like.
  • The last step is to add the beet greens. I wash them very well and slice them to thin ribbons. They might change the color of the soup right away or it might take some time. Please be patient.

This is how the soup looks before it turns pink.

Soup in the pot

How to temper the egg yolk and yogurt mixture

The hardest part about making this soup is to add zastroika. I add this to most of my soups. It is a mixture of an egg yolk and yogurt. First you remove the soup from the heat source and wait for a few minutes to stop simmering.

It is very important to temper the egg yolk and the yogurt mixture with some of the soup’s broth. If you dump the egg in the hot soup it will separate. You need to slowly warm it up. Add one tablespoon of warm broth to the egg and yogurt mixture and stir constantly. Continue adding a little bit of broth to the yogurt mixture and stir well. When the mixture is warm enough return it to the soup and stir again. This adds creaminess and richness to the soup.

What to do with Beet Leaves? Make Naturally Pink Soup

Things you should know before you start cooking

You can use any vegetables you have in the fridge or pantry. Just add them in order cooking time. The more time they require to cook the earlier you add them to the broth. Every time I make this soup it turns out a little bit different because of the vegetables I add. The only thing that should remain constant is adding the beet greens at the end.

You can make this soup, vegetarian by using vegetable broth or water instead of chicken broth. If you use water the pink color will be lighter.

To make this soup gluten free you can replace the angel hair pasta with gluten free pasta.

Pink soup

Storing And Reheating The pink Soup

Store leftover soup in the cooking pot, covered with lid or other food safe container. Keep it in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

Reheat leftovers in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Pink soup

Other soup recipes you might like

Mushroom Soup with Leeks and Rice (Gluten Free)

Root Vegetable Soup with Homemade Croutons and Yogurt Swirl

Leek and Potato Soup (My take on one of the most Popular French Soups)

Naturally Pink Soup

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Soup
Keyword: angel hair pasta, baby potatoes, beet greens, beet leaves, vegetables
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil I used sunflower oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion one small onion
  • 1 carrot cubbed
  • 6 cups low sodium vegetable broth/ water or chicken broth
  • 1 large russet potato (about ½ pound) cut to one inch cubes
  • 1 oz dry angel hair pasta
  • 6 oz sliced mushrooms I used cremini
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped coarsely
  • 1 lb beet greens (leaves) sliced to ribbons
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ cup yogurt
  • chopped fresh parsley for topping

Instructions

  • Chop the onion and carrot to a fine dice.
    chopped onion and carrot
  • Peel the russet potato and cut it to one inch cubes.
    Cubed potatoes
  • To a soup pot add 1 Tbsp of oil and heat it to medium-high. Then add the chopped onion and carrot. Add some salt and stir. Cook the vegetables until they are slightly softer and the onion is translucent(3-5 min). Stir frequently.
  • Then pour 6 cups of water or stock over the vegetables. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. 
  • Once the water is boiling reduce the heat to medium-low and add seasoning to taste (salt and pepper). Then add the cubed potatoes, angel hair pasta (broken in thirds), the sliced mushrooms and coarsely chopped garlic.
  • Wash the beet greens very well. Then slice them to ribbons. and add them to the pot.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the potatoes and the pasta are cooked. The potatoes should be fork tender.
  • Remove the pot form the heat and allow the soup to cool off for 10 minutes.
  • Add 1/4 cup of yogurt to an egg yolk and use a fork to stir them together. Then add a tablespoon broth form the soup to the yogurt mixture and stir well. Continue adding broth (one tablespoon at a time) and string until the mixture is warm. The goal is to temper the egg yolk so it doesn’t separate. When the yogurt mixture is tempered add it back to the soup and stir.
    yogurt and egg yolk in a bowl
  • Serve the soup warm with chopped fresh parsley.
  • It takes some time before the soup changes color. At first it will look like this.
    Soup before srving
  • Store leftover soup in the cooking pot, covered with lid or other food safe container. Keep it in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

Notes

Please note: It might take time for the soup to become pink. Sometimes you can see a difference in the color right away, but the last time I made it the color changed after one night in the refrigerator. 
Also, the intensity of the pink color might be different.
What to do with Beet Leaves? Make Naturally Pink Soup

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