Penne Beets Orange SaucePenne Beets Orange Sauce
From Vegan Recipe Book: How Mary and Frank and Friends Eat

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Penne Beets Orange Sauce
3 lbs. Fresh Beets with Greens
2 lbs. Onions
1 lb. Carrots
1 12-oz. can Frozen Orange Juice, concentrate
1 tbsp. Ginger, dry, ground
Cayenne Pepper or Hot Sauce, to taste
1 lb. Penne, whole wheat
1-2 tbsp. Corn Starch (if needed to thicken sauce)

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Penne beets orange sauce is a deliciously spicy non-traditional oriental style recipe that can be prepared in either a mictowave oven on in a wok, that will serve 6 adults as a main meal. Preparation time is about 15 minutes and cooking time is 30 to 45 minutes.

If cooking in a wok, stir fry the veggies in a little water at 375 degrees F. and reduce the heat to simmer when the pasta and sauce are added.

Remove the frozen orange juice concentrate from the freezer and let it defrost on the countertop.

Thoroughly wash and peel the onions and carrots and beets. With this large quantity of veggies, we like to slice them in our food processor, but they can be sliced and cut into bite-sized pieces by hand, too.

Add the ginger and pepper or hot sauce and cook until the onions begin to become semi-translucent, then add the orange juice concentrate, and cook for another 5 minutes to heat the orange sauce.

While the veggies are cooking, cook the pasta. 

We cook our pasta on the stove top either in a regular pot or in a pasta pot.  When cooking pasta in a conventional pot on the stove top, we often found that the pasta would stick to the bottom of the pot.  Then we would pour the boiling water and cooked pasta into a colander to drain off the water.  With the pasta pot, the pasta never sticks to the bottom of the pot, and when it's cooked, all that is necessary is to lift out the inner pot and the water drains out.  Do not cook the pasta with the lid on the pot or the water will boil out between the inner and outer pot.  When cooking the penne, be sure to stir the pasta to prevent the pasta from sticking together. When the pasta begins to soften and there is a rolling boil, turn the heat off and when the rolling boil stops, cover the pot and let the pasta soften to your desires taste.

Add the hot drained penne and fold into the veggies and sauce.  If the sauce is too loose, mix a tablespoon of the cornstarch in a little cold water and drizzle into the spaghetti and sauce, and mix (a little additional heat may be necessary to thicken the sauce (repeat if necessary).

Serve and enjoy.  Cold leftovers also make a great pasta salad.

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