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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

Ingredients

  1. 4 beets (about 3/4 pound), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  2. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  3. Salt and pepper
  4. 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  5. 1 pound rigatoni pasta
  6. 5 cups baby spinach (about 8 ounces)
  7. 1 cup ricotta cheese
  8. 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
Bahahaha @ TADOW I like beets, but I appreciate your eloquent disgust. :D
TADOW
TADOW
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
Not even adding bacon could make me eat beets.
fuzzles
fuzzles
Jesus. Did Richard Simmons' gym shorts explode? ;)
CoconutPie
CoconutPie
Gorgeous color!
Spectra
Spectra
Oh, that looks so pretty! Makes me crave beets :)
suziryder
suziryder
This sounds really yummy, I wonder if I can convince my husband to eat it..?
mamasitamalita
mamasitamalita
ME TOO!! love beets and the color is awesome
Food
Food
I kind of want to sink my teeth into this right now!
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