Saturday, February 12, 2022

Buttery Beetroot Fettucine

This delicious meal is made with homemade pink colored beetroot fettucine pasta sauteed with butter, shallots, ginger, and garlic. The added cumin and cayenne give additional flavor to the pasta. For a vegan version, use vegan butter.

The pasta is simple but rich in flavors. Butter gives multitude levels of flavor along with added simple ingredients. Keeping it simple is easy and that is always comforting and flavorful. Plus, this homemade pasta is also amazing adding to the richness and flavor. 

A couple of things to note: Fresh pasta cooks in about one and a half to two minutes. Cooks faster than the dried ones. Always use good amount of water to cook pasta and use salted water. In this way, the pasta cooks without getting stuck and forming a big lump. After adding pasta, always give a gentle stir to prevent lumping. The fresh pasta can be dried for a couple of hours and then cooked or completely dried to store for later use. Pasta drying tools can also be used if choosing to dry them. The fresh pasta stores good in fridge for a couple of days. 

I have rolled into fettucine but any the pasta can be made in any shape. Beetroot adds a beautiful color to the pasta and a bit of that is lost during cooking. This is naturally colored and flavored. No food colors added. Beetroot adds to the flavor and nutrition. Roasted beetroot puree is used in this recipe. I roasted the beetroot and used, but store-bough roasted beets can also be used.

This is also a great one to make for Valentine's Day with its beautiful color, this meal show all your care for your loved ones. If you are looking for some Valentine themed foods, here are some links that will always be loved.

This week's Blogging Marathon is all about butter. Buttered dishes are always very tasty and comforting just like this simple fettucine. Butter Cauliflower/Cauliflower Makhni and Whole Wheat Garlic Butter Paratha are amazing choices made with butter that I shared earlier this week.

I am linking this simple and delicious beetroot fettucine to Sundays on Silverado, Full Plate Thursday and Happinessis Homemade.

Serves 2-3

For Making Pasta

All-purpose flour - 1.5 cups
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Roasted beet puree - 3 tbsp
Aquafaba - 3 tbsp
Water - 2 to 3 tbsp

For cooking Pasta

Pasta from above
Water - 3 to 4 quarts
Olive oil - 1 tsp
Salt - 2 tsp

For Sauteeing

Butter - 4 tbsp
Ginger - 2 tbsp, finely chopped
Garlic - 2 tbsp, finely chopped
Cayenne - 3/4 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Shallots - 1 cup, sliced
Cilantro - 2 tbsp, chopped


Add flour, salt. roasted beet puree, and aquafaba to a bowl. Sprinkle water and knead to soft, firm dough. Set aside for 10-20 minutes. The color deepens a little while resting.

Divide the dough into four or five portions. Flatten each portion into rectangle, dust with flour liberally.

Attach the pasta sheet maker into your stand mixer. Set it at the thickest setting and the roll a few times to make pasta sheets. Slowly change the setting to 5 and make thin sheets. 

Dust with flour and set aside.Repeat with the rest of the dough portions.

Remove the sheet attachment and fix the fettucine attachment. Run the pasta sheets to make fettucine pasta.

Dust with flour liberally and set aside.

Repeat with the rest of the pasta sheets. Set aside for 10-15 minutes, or dry it completely.

To cook fresh pasta: Bring a pot with three or four quart water to rolling boil. Add salt and olive oil, followed by pasta. Cook for one and a half minute. Drain the pasta.

Heat a heavy-bottomed pan on medium flame. Add the butter, when it melts add cumin, ginger, and garlic. Fry for 40-50 seconds.

Add the shallots and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add salt and cayenne, cook for a minute.

Add the fettucine, toss everything till evenly distributed and heated through.

Switch off the flame, add cilantro.

Serve immediately.


  1. Totally impressed with your pick homemade pasta, what a wonderful looking pasta!..the dish sounds so delicious as well..good pick!

  2. What an amazing color you have achieved using beetroot. Love the home made pasta idea as well.

  3. Wow fresh pasta!!! And that too with that beautiful looking maroon color... So much work but definitely would have tasted amazing too...

  4. Wow this is beautiful! It might just finally get me to take out my pasta maker!