Golden Beet Pasta with Rosemary is a deliciously aromatic and seasoned pasta filled with sweet earthy golden beets, crunchy almonds, and sharp Parmesan cheese.
When we think of beets, the notorious red beet that stains its way to the dinner table often comes to mind. However, there are many different beet types and varieties.
Most people are familiar with the red beets, but there are white beets, pink and white striped beets (Chioggia Beet), and golden beets. All offer vast nutritional benefits and slightly different flavors. The golden beet with its lovely yellow color is sweet in taste, and like red beets, golden beets contain fantastic nutritional benefits. However, they are slightly less to stain your hands and kitchen during the prep process. You can enjoy the delicious health benefits with less mess preparation.
Although it can be challenging to locate diverse beet varieties in grocery stores and Farmers’ markets, golden beets are a real treat! If you grow a garden every year, you may want to consider adding golden beets to your list of vegetables to grow. Golden beets are high in Vitamin C, folate, and trace minerals. All beetroots (although red beets are the highest nutritionally) contain superfood antioxidants too!
We love adding vegetables to pasta as it increases the nutritional value AND adds colorful shapes and tastes. Choose your favorite pasta, and VOILA, this is an easy and yummy recipe for pasta night. Add parsley and/or cilantro for extra nutrients!
For easy beet preparation, this recipe encourages roasting golden beets, onions, and rosemary tossed with olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Then, while ingredients are roasting, cook pasta. When done cooking, mix all ingredients together in large bowl. It’s a simple way to make a savory and slightly sweet (from the beet’s natural sweetness) pasta recipe. This recipe calls for sharp Parmesan cheese. For a vegan option, substitute Nutritional Yeast (preferably Bragg’s) for cheese.
For more fabulous beet pasta recipes, try Vegan Beet Pesto Penne Pasta (GF).
Looking for more ways to use golden beets? Golden Beet Orange and Mango Smoothie, Golden Beet Grapefruit and Fennel Salad, and Raw Golden Beet Noodles with Apples and Mint are delightfully delicious recipes featuring the beautiful yellow beet.
Golden Beet Pasta with Rosemary (Gluten-Free) Recipe
INGREDIENTS (serves 4)
3-4 golden beets*, peeled and cut into quarters or cubes
1 yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
1 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
12 oz gluten-free penne pasta (or pasta of choice), cooked
chopped or slivered almonds (for garnish)
chopped fresh parsley or cilantro (for garnish)
*We used golden beets, but golden beets are unavailable, use red beets. However, your pasta will turn a gorgeous shade of pink/red if using red beets.
On baking sheet, toss first 5 ingredients. Season.
Roast at 450 degrees until beets are tender, about 20 minutes.
In large bowl, toss beets and onion with pasta, and half of cheese.
Season and top with remaining cheese, almonds, and parsley.
Recipe adapted from Rachael Ray Magazine.