Spaghetti with Beet Pesto and Ricotta
If you want a pasta dish that is a little off the beaten path and beautiful, this is the one! The pasta turns bright purple from the beets and the white ricotta on top creates a bright contrast. I’m calling this a pesto, but it has a very different flavor profile from your standard basil/garlic/pine nut pesto. The beets and walnuts, along with the sundried tomatoes create an earthy depth of flavor – but don’t leave out the ricotta on top. It really rounds out the dish with a creaminess that pulls it all together.
  • CourseMain Course
Servings Prep Time
4People 10Minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
4People 10Minutes
Cook Time
  • 1pound Red beetsabout 4-5 medium sized beets, greens removed
  • Salt
  • 1Cup Walnuts
  • 5 Sun Dried Tomatoesin oil
  • 1TBS Oilfrom the sundried tomatoes
  • 1/4cup Olive oilplus more for drizzling
  • Pinch Red pepper flakes
  • Lemon zestfrom one lemon
  • 16ounces SpaghettiI use whole wheat
  • 1-2Cups Ricotta
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Place the beets in a pyrex baking dish with one inch water and cover with foil. Cook for 1- or 1 ½ hours or until tender. When the beets are cool enough, peel and rough chop.(I like to peel these using a paper towel to rub off the skin)
  3. Place the beets, walnuts, and sun dried tomatoes in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add the olive oil and the sun dried tomato oil. Pulse for 30 seconds to emulsify. Add salt, red-pepper flakes and lemon zest and pulse a few times. Make sure to add enough salt, as this will be important in giving the pesto flavor.
  4. Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 -2 cups water, and return to pot.
  5. To serve, toss with past with the beet pesto, adding pasta water until slightly creamy. Place a heaping spoonful of ricotta on top and a drizzle of oil, and extra red-pepper flakes.