Rigatoni with Ricotta and Roasted Beets

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ritatoni with ricotta and roasted beets
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  • 4Servings


  • 4 beets (about 3/4 pound), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons extar-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound rigatoni pasta
  • 5 cups baby spinach (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • Grated peel from 1 lemon, plus 3 tablespoons lemon juice


1. Preheat the oven to 450°. On a foil-lined baking sheet, toss the beets with 1 tablespoon olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Wrap tightly with foil and roast for 15 minutes. Unwrap, then arrange the beets in a single layer. In a small bowl, toss the onion with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt and pepper; arrange on the baking sheet. Roast, tossing halfway through, until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the rigatoni and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking water. Return the pasta to the pot and toss with the spinach.

3. In a bowl, whisk the ricotta, reserved pasta water, lemon peel, lemon juice and the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add to the pasta along with the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper; toss.