Last year I planted a three different varieties of beetroot. This year I chose just ‘Beetroot Boltardy’ but with lessons learned, I thinned and replanted my little beets so I’d get nice, fat ones for roasting. There’s no space in my fridge for pickles this year with all the lemon and elderflower marmalade!
I must admit it has been much easier to harvest them too and the greens have been healthier. I’ve been adding them to my dhal to give a little extra nutritional boost and a bonus pinky colour.
I discovered a whole host of recipes with beetroot and all year have been pinning to my dedicated board on Pinterest and one recipe I was keen to try is beetroot pasta. I’ve seen what beetroot does to mashed potato and it’s how I got my girls eating it. Pink mash they call it and even now they’ve gone through their girlie pink phase and pink food is a welcome addition to our dinner table. With the cloudy skies of late it’s a great way to add a little brightness to the end of the day.
Discovering beetroot pasta
Discovering beetroot pasta has been much the same. The colour of the dough is spectacular and you cannot help but smile while kneading. It does take a little trial and error with the flour depending on how wet your beetroots are. For a better flavour and a less watery colour I would suggest roasting them but if you don’t have time, boiling is fine though allow some time to leave them to stand and drain off excess water.
Make sure that you purée the beetroot really well so there are absolutely no lumps that could get stick in the machine. This will ruin all your hard work because it only takes one to stick and the whole batch need to be done again.
We have an Italian pasta machine and it’s been a worthwhile investment. We have used it almost every week for the last 15 years. The important thing is to brush and wipe it clean. Washing it will lead to rust.
If you don’t have a pasta machine, take small balls of the dough and roll it out as thin as you can on a very floury surface. Then cut strips using a pizza cutter.
I made a double batch of the pasta and left half over the prepared tagliatelle overnight in the fridge. If you want to do this, put it on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and a little dusting of fine semolina. Helps it not stick a little better than flour.
To make 4 portions
Have you ever made beetroot pasta? What did you pair it with?
- Pearl barley and roasted beetroot salad with maple balsamic dressing (amuse-your-bouche.com)
- Borscht (mycustardpie.com)
- Beetroot and Bitter Chocolate Cupcakes (franglaiskitchen.com)
- Beetroot and Goat’s Cheese Wraps (tinnedtomatoes.com)