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Easy Pasta With Roasted Beets and Spinach Recipe

Electric Pink Pasta Is Oh-So-Scrumptious

All month long, we've bombarded you with decadent macaroni and cheese recipes. While mac and cheese is delicious and comforting, with an excess of milk and cheese, it's not the healthiest pasta. That's why I thought it was time I share a light and fresh pasta like this rigatoni with ricotta and roasted beets.Don't be alarmed by the vibrant color, the beets stain the pasta pink. It may look unfamiliar, but it tastes earthy and thanks to the ricotta, slightly creamy. Roasted red onions and tons of spinach make this pasta hearty enough to serve as a main course. The alarming yet fun color would please the palate of children, especially around Halloween. To check out the recipe,

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Rigatoni With Ricotta and Roasted Beets

Rigatoni With Ricotta and Roasted Beets

Easy Pasta With Roasted Beets and Spinach Recipe 2009-10-28 12:46:31

Ingredients

4 beets (about 3/4 pound), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1 pound rigatoni pasta
5 cups baby spinach (about 8 ounces)
1 cup ricotta cheese
Grated peel from 1 lemon, plus 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°.
  2. On a foil-lined baking sheet, toss the beets with 1 tablespoon olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Wrap tightly with foil and roast for 15 minutes.
  3. Unwrap, then arrange the beets in a single layer.
  4. In a small bowl, toss the onion with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt and pepper; arrange on the baking sheet. Roast, tossing halfway through, until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the rigatoni and cook until al dente.
  6. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking water. Return the pasta to the pot and toss with the spinach.
  7. In a bowl, whisk the ricotta, reserved pasta water, lemon peel, lemon juice and the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add to the pasta along with the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper; toss.

Serves 4.


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mlle-nessa mlle-nessa 6 years
Bahahaha @ TADOW I like beets, but I appreciate your eloquent disgust. :D
TADOW TADOW 6 years
I hate beets, I hate them so, so much. Saying they taste earthy means they taste like dirt. With the ricotta cheese, they taste like creamy dirt. no thanks
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 6 years
Not even adding bacon could make me eat beets.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Jesus. Did Richard Simmons' gym shorts explode? ;)
CoconutPie CoconutPie 6 years
Gorgeous color!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Oh, that looks so pretty! Makes me crave beets :)
suziryder suziryder 6 years
This sounds really yummy, I wonder if I can convince my husband to eat it..?
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
ME TOO!! love beets and the color is awesome
Food Food 6 years
I kind of want to sink my teeth into this right now!
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