Happy Monday! Hard to believe we’re already into the middle of January. These cold winter days in Minnesota have us craving all the comfort foods and when it comes to my family that pretty much means pasta and soup. Lucky for my family I ordered some new bowls last month and they were suppose to be luster latte bowls the same size as all my other Anthropologie bowls but instead we got these giant bowls! Perfect for ice cream or cereal, oh you know those days. I thought I would return them but the family loved them and thought they were great for popcorn, soup, or smoothie bowls because you’d have extra room on top and they wouldn’t be so filled. I found out they are actually pasta bowls and the colors didn’t come in the size I had thought I was ordering from the store. Well I guess I was left with no choice but to make pasta to serve in the bowls. My family wasn’t complaining about that. I shared a photo of the Balsamic Beet Pasta I made last week and knew it had to make it to Meatless Monday this week.
So fresh, full of flavor, and my favorite BEETS! Of course I go to photograph the dish and the girls wanted me to use the darker blue bowl and let’s just say it didn’t go as well as planned with all the dark but I embraced it. We also had more fresh sourdough, because really we needed sourdough bread to go with pasta. Of course my carbivore family thought so. I seriously need my husband to stop making all the fresh bread but after this weekend and my gluten sensitive tummy still doing ok with it (but not other things I’ve had in the last month) I’m still not understanding but hey and since I still fit in my jeans he can keep making it. I only say that because he made some cinnamon raisin sourdough yesterday that just hit the spot.
Ok back to the pasta! Balsamic and roasted beets are so good together and add in goat cheese (insert frowny face) and it’s one of the best combos, but the next best cheese for non dairy is Kite Hill Ricotta (no affiliation just my personal opinion as I haven’t found anything better yet). Toss pasta (in this case gluten free) with a balsamic reduction, fresh vegan ricotta, beets, and spinach and you have a delicious colorful filling meal. It’s not only perfect for a quick weeknight meal, especially if you grab Love Beets that are already roasted you have dinner in less than 30 minutes. With them being 50% off at Target lately I don’t even bother roasting beets, especially since it isn’t market season and I can’t grab a 25lb bag and roast them in bulk. I do roast them in bulk most weeks if we have the fridge space if we’re eating a lot of them. This also makes a great pasta for entertaining or a nice dinner in on a Friday or Saturday night with a glass of wine.
So good we might have pasta nights more often, especially since my husband bought everything to make pasta at home. We’re still waiting on the pasta rollers or we would have had fresh pasta in the lasagna we made for my father in laws birthday dinner last night. We had William Sonoma rewards that needed to be used and while the girls and I were planning on getting a pizza oven that we could take anywhere to make our Neapolitan pizzas, especially with it being out family foodie theme of the year, my husband had other plans. He decided to get everything for making pasta at home. Yes he’s making sourdough bread like a mad man and now he’s going to make fresh pasta. While the girls are very excited about this I think he’s trying to test me and my jeans. I’m going to be at barre 24/7 to work off all the carbs to fit in my jeans! LOL.
Don’t forget to link up with my co host Deborah and me for out Meatless Monday link up and check out all the delicious meatless creations below!
Balsamic Beet Pasta
Makes 4-8 servings
16oz spaghetti noodles (Garofalo Corn, Quinoa, Rice, and Fiber Gluten Free Pasta)
1lb small beets, roasted (or Love Beets already roasted beets)
2 cloves of garlic
1-2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1c balsamic vinegar
2 TBSP maple syrup or honey
5-8oz baby spinach
8oz ricotta cheese (Kite Hill dairy free, vegan ricotta cheese)
fresh basil for garnish
If you haven’t already roasted your beets do so. I wrap them in foil and place on a baking sheet and baking at 425F for about 30 minutes for small beets. Let cool before removing skins, or run under cool water to cool a little faster.
Bring a large pot of water, generously salted, to a boil. In a small saucepan bring balsamic vinegar and syrup/honey to a boil. Reduce and simmer for about 10 minutes until it’s reduced to about a third of a cup and is thick enough to coat a spoon. Set aside. When water comes to a boil cook noodles per package instructions. Quarter beets and set aside, if beets are larger I cut them into 8 wedges. In a large skillet or large “chicken fryer” pan heat oil and grate in garlic to cook. Whisk balsamic reduction into the olive oil and reduce heat until pasta is done. Rinse pasta, reserving some of the starchy cooking water. Add drained pasta to the balsamic mixture tossing to coat. Add in a little starchy cooking water if needed. Add spinach and toss around as the warm pasta will wilt the spinach. Crumble in ricotta and toss to mix before adding in beets, seasoning with sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste, and serving. Garnish with fresh basil. Enjoy!Can't beat this Balsamic Beet Pasta for #MeatlessMonday! @KiteHillCheese @lovebeets @MeatlessMonday Click To Tweet
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Sharing the Meatless Monday love I’m also linking up with Running on Happy and The Fit Foodie Mama for MeatlessMonday!
Also linking up for Healthy Vegan Friday with Kimmy (Rock My Vegan Socks) & Mary Ellen (VNutrition)!
This will be a great twist on my usual pasta night! Thank you for hosting!
Courtney recently posted…No-Bake Berry Granola Bars
Yes, it’s fun and flavorful I hope you love it as much as I do. Thank you for linking up with us I always love seeing your recipes and your pb swirl cheesecake bars have me drooling!
So far this meatless Monday has brought many pasta dishes! Which is a great thing! I haven’t tried Kite Hill cheese yet because it’s always so expensive at Whole Foods that I talk myself out of it! I may have to bite the bullet. This looks amazing! Thanks for hosting!
Debbie recently posted…Chocolaty Walnut Date Balls [Vegan. No added sugar]
Embracing the pasta a little more than usual for me. I love Kite Hill and would say to grab it when it goes on sale at Whole Foods but often they can’t keep it on the shelves at full price. I hope you get a chance to try it soon and love it as much as we do!
Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
This looked so good when I saw you post it the other day. Love the combo of beets and ricotta cheese. Have a great meatless Monday!
Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Raw Pad Thai Salad With Kelp Noodles & Giveaway
Thank you Deborah, all the flavors and colors make me smile! It’s such a great combo. Happy Meatless Monday!
Yaaass. Gimme all the beets! 😉
Annmarie recently posted…Meatless Monday: Spinach, Mushroom + Red Pepper Omelet Muffins
Umm you can’t have them all their mine! LOL I love them too!
I think the dish looks gorgeous! I could eat this every day!
Thank you Laura, I think I could too!
YUMMY! I love beets…So many great nutritional benefits too! Thanks for sharing!
Yes they are so good and good for you, I can’t ever get enough!
Nicole @ Fitful Focus
I love beets! I don’t think I’ve ever had them in pasta, but that has to change!
Aren’t they the best? Hope you love it as much as I do!
This looks sooo delicious and so simple to make too!! I love beets and balsamic, they compliment each other so well
abbey sharp recently posted…Dairy 101 | Lactose Intolerance? Organic Raw Milk? Milk Alternatives? | Dairy Myths Part 6
It’s so simple and delicious! They are such a great combo I could eat them daily!
Jodi @ Create Kids Club
This looks like the most delish meatless meal. It looks so beautiful too!
Thank you Jodi!
This is perfect for Meatless Monday! I just love the beautiful colors of all the ingredients in this dish! Looking forward to trying this soon!
Taylor Kiser recently posted…Easy Vegan Cookie Dough Toast + 4 Dessert Inspired Breakfast Toasts
Thank you Taylor is packed with so much color and flavor, hope you love it as much as we do!
Interesting salad. My hubby loves beets and grows way too many in the garden. This is a great recipe to add to our list of ways to eat them up.
Chrissy recently posted…20 MINUTE KETTLEBELL SWING WORKOUT
Thank you, can’t go wrong with pasta! I wish we had too many beets in our garden. They don’t do nearly as good as the rest of our veggies but I think it might be root veggies in our zone. We are redesigning out garden from scratch this year and didn’t plant last year so I’m hoping for a good garden year!
I agree, balsamic and roasted beets go great together. Love the flavor combination of your recipe.
jill conyers recently posted…6 Tips for Building a Home Gym On a Budget
Thank you, it’s such a great dish!
dixya @food, pleasure, and health
i need to include more beets into my life!
dixya @food, pleasure, and health recently posted…7 Tips For Building a Better Salad
You can’t beet them! 😉 I can’t get enough.
I want to love beets like you, but I think for now I”m sticking to putting them in a smoothie where the flavor is hidden 🙂
amanda -runtothefinish recently posted…13 Easy Ways Eat More Vegetables Everyday
Not everyone is going to love them, and that leaves more in the world for me. 😉 Beet smoothie sound good to me!
You had me at balsamic! LOVE the stuff…I could practically drink it. And I love Kite Hill too! Gotta try this dish!
Jenn recently posted…Easy Vegan Pesto Tortilla Pizza
Have you tried the drinking vinegars? I love the Pressery ones! Hope you do and love it as much as we do!
We love beets! What a gorgeous idea to put them into pasta- I bet my kids would go for this!
Let me know if you try it!
This pasta looks incredible! I love beets so this is my kind of dish for sure!!
Thank you! Beet lover approved!
WHAT! Great recipe idea! This may turn out to be my new favorite pasta dish. I think I may have to make this for myself this week while the rest of the family is eating my bolognese!
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Oh let me know what you think, I hope you love it!
I agree, the balsamic and beet flavor combination is just the best! I don’t even like goat cheese, but I like it in this context. Will have to try with this pasta recipe 🙂
Emily Kyle recently posted…Honey & Ginger Warm Lemon Water
I use ricotta in this recipe, a dairy free ricotta, it adds creaminess and you will probably like it more than goat cheese as it’s so subtle.
Lets play a game of NEVER HAVE I EVER….
Never have I ever – Eaten BEETS before! haha!
Well I think you BETTER!
Beets are among my favorite foods. Haven’t had them in a while. Time to change that!
I think this is a sign! 😉
Sonali- The Foodie Physician
Pasta and soup are two of my favorite comfort foods as well! You can’t go wrong with a classic combination like balsamic and beets- yum!
Sonali- The Foodie Physician recently posted…Quinoa with Roasted Vegetables
I’m right there with you and couldn’t agree more. Thank you!
This is such a tasty pasta recipe and a great way to add some beets into your diet!
Ilka recently posted…Training for the Treasure Coast Marathon and metatarsal foot pain
Any way to get beets! 😉 Thank you Ilka!
I haven’t made pasta in the longest time but this is tellin’ me I have to change that! The beets make it such a pretty color! I need to go grocery shopping again!
Farrah recently posted…Camping at BLM Laguna Mountain
I think you should! 😉
I don’t think I’ve ever had beets in pasta. Time to remedy that! This looks like such a delicious idea.
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My son looks at your dish ^^ he said that it looked delicious! Glad to your sharing! I will try doing it.
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Meg @ With Salt and Wit
I love balsamic flavors in just about anything! I cannot wait to try this salad! I love that you used beets!
Meg @ With Salt and Wit recently posted…Healthy Meal Plan Week #77
This looks fantastic! I just love beets!
Amber recently posted…Spicy Tomato Coconut Chutney
Beetroot is awesome 🙂 I love how pink it turns everything! Thanks for the GF pasta suggestions too.
Mary Ellen @ VNutrition
This looks like serious comfort food! I love that you used beets and the Kite Hill cheese – yum!
Thanks so much for linking up with us for Healthy Vegan Fridays! I’m Pinning and sharing!
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