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roasted beet and edamame pasta with creamy tahini sauce

January 28, 2013

IMG_1726Don’t be surprised if your pee turns bright red! This recipe is worth it though.

If you are anything like me, you will stop at nothing (even bright red pee) in order to get your daily fix of beets. They are natures candy and I can never get enough.


Neither can my farm friends!Photo1

My particular obsession with beets is next level. I usually wake up with a beet juice, snack on roasted beets all day, and if the mood strikes, I will cook some up for dinner. Yes, I am aware this may be overkill. But it is true love.


If you are feeling the love, then I highly recommend making my roasted beet and edamame pasta. The tahini sauce is delicious, and the beets totally shine in this simple meal. It really is love at first bite.

IMG_1733Roasted Beet and Edamame Pasta with creamy Tahini Sauce (serves 4-6)

1-2 tbs olive oil

12 ounces of penne pasta

1 pound beets, sliced into 1/2 inch chunks

2 cups spinach

1 cup cooked edamame

salt and pepper

1 tbs good quality balsamic vinegar

For the Tahini Sauce,

3/4 cups tahini paste

5 tbs fresh lemon juice

3/4 – 1 1/2 cups of water (depending on desired thickness)

1 large clove of garlic, minced

1 tsp salt

a dash of cayenne pepper

With an immersion blender mix everything together. Start with 3/4 cup of water and add more if it is too thick. Set aside

Preheat oven to 400.

Mix beets with olive oil salt and pepper. Line a baking sheet with tin foil. Place beets on baking sheet. Cover with another sheet of tin foil. Roast in the oven for about 20-30 minutes, or until beets are fork tender. Check every 10 minutes or so.

Meanwhile cook your pasta. Once your pasta is cook strain it. Return the pasta to the same pot you cooked it in and add the spinach and edamame while pasta is still hot. Add roasted beets and balsamic vinegar. Mix everything together. Drizzle desired amount of sauce over pasta. Season with salt and pepper.


Enjoy with your favorite house wine.

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30 thoughts on “roasted beet and edamame pasta with creamy tahini sauce

  1. I really need to get more comfortable cooking beets! I always like them when prepared by someone else but the mess I create when preparing them always makes me hesitate to use them! any tips?!

    1. drealieberg says:

      apron, napkins, and the realization that it’s going to be slightly messy!!! I wish it wasn’t so, but beets love to stain your hands! It’s SO worth it though! Good luck

  2. Can you move to Minnesota? I will work on your farm for free if you cook for me daily πŸ™‚ I {heart} beets and buy ridiculous amounts at my local farmer’s market in the summer… I think my beet farmer thinks I am slightly crazy!

    1. drealieberg says:

      I am on my way!!! I bet your beet farmer loves you!

  3. Love, love, love beets!! This looks awesome!

  4. Sarah says:

    Love tahini. Love house wine. Love beets. Don’t dig pink hands. Any peeking tips?

    1. Sarah says:

      By *peeking* I mean peeling.

      1. drealieberg says:

        Don’t wear white! That’s all i’ve got. They are messy, but SO worth it!

  5. urbanfeast1 says:

    Wow I love your blog. So many nice recipes. Great work πŸ™‚

  6. Joanne says:

    You feel about beets the way I feel about butternut squash! Really I’m still learning to like beets, but with tahini sauce..anything is possible.

    1. drealieberg says:

      tahini sauce makes everything better!

  7. Yum! I just discovered my love for beets, so this is perfect! Ha, I love the red pee comment, it’s werid/scary but worth it!

    1. drealieberg says:

      totally worth it! I almost called my doctor the first time I had beets!!! πŸ™‚

  8. I’ve always hated beets, loathed them, until I discovered roasting + marinating this past summer. Oh my gosh, so delicious! And then I had a scare with the red, um, aftereffects. Ha! This looks utterly delicious. Love the colorful ingredients and the tahini sauce is something I would have never thought of, but it sounds divine.

    1. drealieberg says:

      roasting them is the gateway to falling in love with beets!

  9. This salad looks tremendous! Nothing like the ‘bright pee’ to give you a scare first thing in the morning. πŸ™‚

    1. drealieberg says:

      haha! I know πŸ™‚

  10. Julia says:

    How fun, digging around in the dirt for farm fresh nutritious veggies! Beets are an incredible root and your pasta looks fabulous! Great thinking with the tahini!

    1. drealieberg says:

      I love digging in the dirt for beets. It’s like digging for gold πŸ™‚

  11. This looks AMAZING. I love beets, but rarely cook them myself… I’ll have to try. Just discovered your blog from your comment on mine; so glad I did! Looking forward to poking around and following your awesome farm-to-table meals πŸ™‚

  12. I thought I was a true beet lover but you definitely take it to the next level!! This pasta looks amazingly delicious!!

  13. ohsweetbasil says:

    πŸ™ I want a farm. This all looks so lovely and delicious.

  14. This looks amazing! I made a few beet recipes this weekend after a couple months of forgetting about them and remembered how much I love them! My sister recently had a beet latte at a cafe – not sure I’m that in love with beets but it’s crazy how many things you can do with them (and sad that most people only think of pickled beets and assume they hate them)!

    1. drealieberg says:

      A beet latte? I am totally intrigued! Definitely going to check this out! and yes, people need to give beets a chance. They are SO damn good!

  15. These girls are having so much fun on the farm! The beets are perfect.

  16. Sophie33 says:

    A divine dinner! I love it so much!

  17. Kay Luckett says:

    Immersion blender for dressing? Recipe does not point out exactly what to blend .

  18. Kay Luckett says:

    Oops, delete my previous comment!
    I re-read directions
    Can’t wait to cook this dish

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