Roasted Beet and Garlic Pasta

Roasted Beet and Garlic Pasta with Goat Cheese has an amazing color and flavors that are just as strong. Eating pink pasta never tasted so good!

Roasted Beet and Garlic Pasta

As I mentioned the other day, I like to challenge myself to make pink foods that don’t use any food coloring. Lucky for me, Hubby and I both love beets. In fact, this summer we threw some on the grill just to try it. OMG. Seriously. Hubby’s favorite grilled vegetable is now beets (mine is red peppers).

Roasted Beet and Garlic Pasta

So when I saw the concept of making a beet pesto to put on pasta, I knew I’d be making it this October. I made some changed to the recipe based on what we had lying around the kitchen and what we like. Roasted garlic is a must. When I’m roasting anything, I like to throw a bulb of garlic in some foil and roast it while the oven is on. We always find a way to use up roasted garlic and it keeps in the fridge for about a week. I also threw a clove of fresh garlic in the sauce just to give it a little bite.

Roasted Beet and Garlic Pasta

Hubby and I rarely eat pasta. In fact, we don’t even keep it in the house. I had to add pasta to the grocery list so we would have some. I know a lot of people who love pasta and eat it on a regular basis, but that’s just not us.

This was a comforting meal that’s perfect for this time of year. I served it with some Onion Focaccia with Rosemary and a nice big glass of wine. And just look at that color! Hubby took some leftovers in his lunch and he said he got quite a few comments when people saw him eating it.

Roasted Beet and Garlic Pasta

Don’t forget about my Power of Pink Challenge! Make something PINK during the month of October to raise Breast Cancer Awareness and a chance to win a $100 donation to the charity of your choice.

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Three Years Ago: Homemade Marshmallows and Smores Cookies
Five Years Ago: Pizza Night
Six Years Ago: Caramel Mocha Cupcakes and Tofu and Veggies in Peanut Sauce

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Roasted Beet and Garlic Pasta

Roasted Beet and Garlic Pasta with Goat Cheese has an amazing color and flavors that are just as strong. Eating pink pasta never tasted so good!

Ingredients:

1 pound whole grain spaghetti
1 1/2 pounds red beets, trimmed and scrubbed
7 whole garlic cloves
4 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
freshly ground salt
4 oz goat cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degF. Drizzle beets with 2 Tbsp olive oil and wrap beets and 6 of the garlic cloves (no need to peel them) tightly in foil. Roast until very tender, approximately 1 hour.

Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to instructions on box. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water.

After removing beets and garlic from oven, remove foil and let cool slightly. Once cool enough to touch, use a spoon to peel skin off beets and coarsely chop. Squeeze the roasted garlic out of it's skin.

In a food processor, combine roasted beets, roasted garlic, remaining olive oil, walnuts, and peeled raw garlic clove. Pulse until smooth and creamy, adding reserved pasta water as needed. Add goat cheese and pulse until combined. Season with salt to taste.

Toss pasta and beet mixture until well combined. Sprinkle with more goat cheese if desired.

Recipe inspired by Simple Bites

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17 Responses to “Friday Faves – The Small Boston Kitchen makes Cranberry Risotto Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms”

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    Lauren — January 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I’m not a huge mushroom fan, but the cranberry risotto sounds absolutely fantastic! Thanks for the idea, Katie :).

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — January 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    What a great recipe Katie!

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    Daisy — January 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I am in awe of your description of mushrooms. that recipe is awesome and so is the idea to cook them in butter and red wine! if non mushroom lovers are not converted after this post, there is no help for them!!

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    Erica — January 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm

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    Jennifer — January 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I am a huge mushroom lover. This recipe sounds wonderful!

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    In and Around Town — January 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I am a HUGE fan of mushrooms, I put them in everything! This will probably be dinner tonight!

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    Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes — January 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I’m definitely with you in the first camp, though I will tell you – I’ve converted the boyfriend into a semi-mushroom lover, so maybe there is a person who lies a bit in between after all! This looks heavenly.

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    Smitten Sugar — January 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I am definitely not a mushroom lover but this recipe looks amazing!

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    Megan — January 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Katie can make these for me anytime! Great recipe and great guest post!

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    Josie — January 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    OMG this combines so many of my favorite things into one dish! I’ve already added it to next week’s menu. Thanks so much for introducing me to a fun new blog!

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    Melissa — January 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I’m on the verge of being a mushroom lover – when raw the texture creeps me out but I’ve discovered I love the flavor and like them when cooked. I would love to eat this dish!

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    kitchenmisfit — January 7, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    It is bad that I thought the sneak peak picture looked like mashed potatoes? That can only mean the risotto must be extra creamy!

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    kitchenmisfit — January 7, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    It is bad that I thought the sneak peak picture looked like mashed potatoes? I think that just means this risotto must be extra creamy!

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — January 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Thanks Jen for including me in your Friday Faves and for saying such nice things about my writing! This dish was fun to make and was really good on a cold winter night. Thanks all for the comments! Even those from the mushroom haters 🙂

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — January 8, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Aren’t portobello mushrooms the best? So many different things you can do with them!

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    John at BOS — January 9, 2011 at 2:14 am

    What more Can I say, a combination of my favorite ingredients… Mushroom and risotto! It’s nice to see a lot of mushroom recipe’s this past few days.

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    Kerstin — January 10, 2011 at 5:03 am

    What a creative recipe, I love it! Definitely the perfect way to kick off your cool Friday Favs feature 🙂

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