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Beet and goat cheese fettuccine pasta

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Beet and goat cheese pasta

I am always looking for interesting recipes that include beets. In particular, I wanted the recipe with beets AND pasta, the recipe that accentuates the richness of beets (both in flavor and their bright appearance) and that I could serve as a main course. This dish combines pureed beets with brown butter and goat cheese, and though I like this recipe as a stand-alone main course, it will definitely go well with something like white fish.

I’ve mentioned previously that I love beets. Sometimes, I even eat them for breakfast, which shocks my husband who doesn’t like them. Sometimes I eat beets so often, my husband jokes that I will have a hard time if there is ever a shortage of beets in the world. What will I do?!?! Sometimes, I feel very lonely in my love for beets, because there is usually nobody else around me who likes them, at least not to the degree that I do.

Beet and goat cheese pasta

I based this pasta dish on another recipe I found on Epicurious.com, even though I’ve changed quite a few things to suit my tastes. For instance, I am using fettuccine pasta instead of spaghetti. I also replaced poppy seed from the original recipe with sesame seed. And I changed a lot of measurements. I was really happy with the outcome: the pasta was flavorful, rich, creamy; beets got pureed so finely, it was almost like the pasta was coated in a thick soup. Very nice dish, especially if you like beets.


Beet and goat cheese fettuccine pasta

Beet and goat cheese Fettuccine pasta with Brown Butter

Adapted from Epicurious.com

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 60 min


  • 1/2 package regular Fettuccinne pasta, such as from Safeway
  • 2 beets medium-size, already cooked and peeled
  • 1 cup water from cooked pasta
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seed
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • salt
  • 3 tablespoons (spoonfuls) goat cheese

Makes 3 servings

1) Bring a pot of water to boil. Add fettuccine to boiling water and cook for 10 minutes or according to instructions. Drain pasta, reserve pasta water.

2) Preheat oven to 350. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the cooking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes until they get just a bit brown, making sure they don’t burn.

3) In the mean time, cut beets into thin slices. Add beets and 1 cup of pasta water to the food processor. Puree beets with pasta water until well blended.

4) Heat butter in a medium size frying pan. Cook butter for 5-7 minutes on medium heat until it foams, and becomes brown. Remove from heat and add sesame seed to the butter. Add beet puree to the butter and reheat on low heat. Add pasta and mix well, so that beet puree coats all of the pasta. Salt to taste.

5) In the mean time, to soften the cheese, gently heat goat cheese in a small pan on low heat until it’s pleasantly warm and soft.

To serve:

Divide pasta between 3 large plates. Top pasta with a spoonful of warm goat cheese.

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  • Noel Lizotte November 13, 2012, 6:12 am

    WOW! These pictures are amazing!! I just asked my husband if he would eat beets … I’m so tempted to try this recipe! He said, “yes, I eat beets.”

    This recipe appeals to my sense of easy to make and a colorful plate. Good Job, Julia!

    • Julia November 13, 2012, 8:30 pm

      Thank you! It’s a very easy recipe, and the flavor is wonderful, especially for those who love beets.

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 13, 2012, 6:06 pm

    I love how you’ve used beets with brown butter to coat the pasta. Mega yum!!

    • Julia November 13, 2012, 8:32 pm

      Thank you. Pasta coated with pureed beets is a very unusual way to eat beets for me (and for others, I am sure). I usually eat them with a salad or in a soup. I loved how the pasta came out. The recipe is a keeper!

  • Laura Dembowski November 14, 2012, 9:50 am

    I totally thought you actually made beet pasta just looking at it. So cool that you just used store bought, though I would love to try making pasta. This would totally impress at any dinner party!

    • Julia November 14, 2012, 1:47 pm

      Yes, this one was easy – just combined store bought pasta with pureed beets. Making your own pasta is great idea, though. I make my own ravioli, and I suspect making your own pasta is somewhat similar but I have not done that yet.

  • sippitysup November 14, 2012, 10:12 am

    I make something very similar to this. isn’t the color amazing? GREG

    • Julia November 14, 2012, 1:48 pm

      Yes, the color looks absolutely stunning on a plate.

  • Nancy /SpicieFoodie November 14, 2012, 2:29 pm

    I’m a huge beet fan! When I saw your photo I thought the pasta was made with beets. I’m happily surprised that it is the beets that made up the sauce. Yay I don’t need a pasta machine. This looks so pretty and sounds amazing!

  • Elena Shetty March 15, 2015, 12:48 pm

    I thought i was with Hannibal Lecter on his dinner table. I’m going to make it on the next halloween. So exciting!

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