Spaghettini with Roasted Beet and Poppy Seed + a CONTEST!

4 Feb



Disclosure: Italpasta provided me with a gift card to purchase the ingredients for this recipe.

I love pasta and I could eat it every day of the week if I had to. I’m serious. There are so many pasta shapes and so many ways to eat it that I’m sure I wouldn’t run out of options.

I was excited when Italpasta asked me to try a vegetarian recipe for pasta lovers, perfect for Valentine’s Day, featuring Italpasta Total Pasta Spaghettini. It’s a white pasta with the goodness of 10 grams of fibre packed into each serving, a great option for hubby and I because as much as we enjoy whole wheat and other “healthy” pastas, sometimes we just want (at least what looks like) the regular stuff!

This recipe features butter, spaghettini, beets and goat cheese and they all combine together to form a simple and tasty dish with a beautiful, vibrant beet red finish, perfect for Valentine’s Day or if you’re having guests over and want to impress them. At first I wasn’t sure about adding poppy seeds to the dish but they ended up adding a nice crunch. The texture of the spaghettini was perfect, I never would have known that I was eating a high fibre pasta. We’re adding this dish to our pasta rotation, that’s how much we both liked it! #win

I’ve added some of my own notes in the recipe below. If you make it and have any tips to share, please leave a comment below this post. Happy cooking!

P.S. Don’t forget to scroll down and enter my delicious Valentine’s Day contest to win an Italpasta “For Pasta Lovers” prize pack.

Italpasta’s Spaghettini with Roasted Beet and Poppy Seed


Serves 2

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


½ pound      Italpasta Total Pasta Spaghettini         225 g

2                     small roasted red beets, peeled and cut into wedges (Sandy’s notes: You can save time by roasting the beets a few days before making this recipe).

2 tbsps          unsalted butter            30mL

1 tbsp             Italpasta Extra Virgin Olive Oil 15mL

1                      small shallot, minced  (Sandy’s notes: I used half of a small onion)

1 tbsp             poppy seeds   15mL

2                      sprigs fresh thyme, leaves finely chopped

salt and pepper

¼ cup              crumbled soft ripened goats cheese, for serving      60mL

(Sandy’s notes: I quickly roasted the beets by peeling them and cutting them into cubes. Then I tossed them in a little olive oil, sea salt and pepper and I spread them out on a baking sheet covered with a sheet of parchment paper. I roasted them at 425 F for 30 minutes. You may need longer depending on the size of the beets. While you have your beets in the oven, consider making some roasted potatoes or another dish to save on energy.)

Cook pasta in boiling salted water until al dente or to your taste. Drain and reserve ½ cup pasta water.

In a non-stick skillet over medium heat, brown the butter. Reduce the heat slightly, add extra-virgin olive oil, and stir to combine. Add minced shallot, and cook for 2 minutes, until softened, stir in poppy seeds. Toast the seeds for 1-2 minutes.

To the shallots and poppy seeds, add the chopped beets and thyme, stir for 1-2 minutes. Add ½ cup of pasta water to the skillet. Simmer the sauce over medium heat for 2 minutes. (Sandy’s notes: At this point, I added a ½ teaspoon of chili flakes to add a little spice to the dish).

(Sandy’s notes: This next step is key…stir quickly and constantly to cover all of your pasta with that beautiful red sauce otherwise it will be unevenly coloured.)

Transfer pasta to the skillet and cook for 1 minute until combined, stirring constantly. Taste and adjust salt and pepper seasoning. Serve in warm pasta bowls and top with crumbled goat’s cheese.






If you loved the look of this pasta, Italpasta has a second Valentine’s Day inspired pasta recipe – Red Wine Spaghetti:


If you’re looking for more ways to impress your loved one on Valentine’s Day, visit Italpasta’s special Pinterest board with tips on how to set the perfect table, host Valentine’s Day on a budget and of course, cook up some awesome pasta recipes here:

Get more tips and recipes from Italpasta here:






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Get a second chance to win by leaving a comment below this post. Tell me what your favourite pasta shape is and what your favourite way to prepare it is – macaroni with cheese? Linguine with alfredo sauce? If you have a great recipe, let me know! If you don’t use Twitter, this would be your method of entry.

You can enter on both Twitter and on the blog post once per day each until the end of the contest. Contest runs until Sunday February 15 at 5 pm EST, so get your entries in!

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124 Responses to “Spaghettini with Roasted Beet and Poppy Seed + a CONTEST!”

  1. Amy Heffernan February 4, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    I LOVE alfredo sauce chicken with spaghetti noodles!!

  2. betweensleeps February 4, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    My favourite is farfalle. I love to throw in broccoli florets in the last couple minutes and then toss with some garlic sautéed in olive oil.

  3. mags c (@magscheung) February 4, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    My favourite shape is angel hair pasta. I love to make my own meatballs and homemade sauce to go with the pasta. MMM,mmmmmm

  4. edmontonjb February 4, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    My favorite shape is small shells and I make them into a great casserole with ground beef, bacon, mushrooms, green peppers tomato juice and tons of cheese


  5. Glogirl February 4, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

    I like penne pasta with a garlic bacon alfredo sauce.

  6. Elena February 4, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    My favourite is Farfalle/butterly pasta with a light cream sauce then sauteed veggies on top.

  7. Fred M Brown February 4, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

    Linguine with alfredo sauce and I add shrimp

  8. lynn clayton (@lynnbeanie) February 4, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

    I love penne and we love it in a red sauce.

  9. Brenda Lacourciere February 4, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

    I love tomatio sauce spaghetti

  10. Tammy Dalley February 4, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

    I love macaroni with cheese

  11. Florence C February 4, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

    My fav is Alfredo chicken with fettuccine noodles.

  12. jay nelson February 4, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

    I like Spaghettini with a roasted red pepper – tomato sauce. Super chunky with a lot of veggies in the sauce. And fresh ground parmesan cheese (which I like on the noodles but below the sauce – and a lot of it). Ooooooo, and a spinach salad on the side.

  13. Francine February 4, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

    We love spaghetti with Bolognese sauce

  14. hmrcarlson February 4, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    I am a fan of spaghettini with Bolognese sauce!

  15. Andrew P (@apham17) February 4, 2015 at 11:34 pm #

    I love macaroni with sharp cheddar cheese and ketchup 😛

  16. Carol M February 4, 2015 at 11:35 pm #

    I love macaroni and cheese

  17. Josh S February 4, 2015 at 11:52 pm #

    I enjoy spaghetti with alfredo

  18. Yuen C February 5, 2015 at 12:00 am #

    I like farfalle with rose sauce!

  19. elliottgyal February 5, 2015 at 12:53 am #

    My favourite pasta shape is the bow ties and my favourite way to eat them is with a bit of butter, pepper, garlic, and Parmesan cheese.I love all pasta though. I’m Italian so we eat a lot of pasta in this house!

  20. Francine February 5, 2015 at 5:00 am #

    2.5 entry – I also love to use penne in a greek-style pasta salad

  21. andrea amy February 5, 2015 at 11:52 am #

    I love rotini with carbonara sauce

    • andrea amy February 5, 2015 at 11:52 am #

      Not sure if my email shows up here…andrea_hockeygirl at hotmail dot com (just in case). Thanks for the chance.

  22. Anna W February 5, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

    I like penne with red sauce and lots of cheese!

  23. Carol M. February 5, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

    I like farfalle with olive oil and sundried tomatoes.

  24. Tammy Dalley February 5, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

    fettuccine with alfredo!

  25. Andrew P (@apham17) February 5, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

    I love spaghetti with Bolognese sauce

  26. mags c (@magscheung) February 5, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

    penne is my favourite. The sauce between the cracks really makes it even more awesome!

  27. Rebthecatsitter February 5, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

    I LOVE Spaghetti with Bolognese!

  28. billiondollarprincesss February 5, 2015 at 11:09 pm #

    I like linguine. I prefer it with an alfredo sauce

  29. Francine February 6, 2015 at 5:14 am #

    A good homemade lasagne is worth the time and effort – it’s one of my favourites! 2.6

  30. Lori R Jackson February 6, 2015 at 7:53 am #

    My all time fave is chicken parm with linguine noodles!

  31. andrea amy February 6, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

  32. Eldon February 6, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

    Linguine with alfredo sauce is my favourite!

  33. Anna W February 6, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

    I like spaghetti with bacon and oil.

  34. Carol M. February 6, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

    Pasta carbanara

  35. Tammy Dalley February 6, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    Macaroni and cheese

  36. Andrew P (@apham17) February 6, 2015 at 6:56 pm #

    another favourite would be fettuccine with Alfredo sauce

  37. elliottgyal February 7, 2015 at 3:32 am #

    tweeted today!

  38. Francine February 7, 2015 at 5:39 am #

    2.7 this post is making me hungry! We also like spaghettini with meat balls

  39. andrea amy February 7, 2015 at 11:56 am #

    andrea_hockeygirl at hotmail dot com

  40. andrea amy February 7, 2015 at 11:56 am #

    I love cheese manicotti

  41. Carol M. February 7, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

    I like spaghetti with meatballs

  42. Yuen C February 7, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

    I like macaroni and cheese

  43. Anna W February 7, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

    My kids like penne with red and white sauce mixed together.

  44. prairiebelle February 7, 2015 at 9:16 pm #

    following you both on twitter and tweeted

  45. prairiebelle February 7, 2015 at 9:16 pm #

    my favorite pasta is macaroni and my favorite dish is baked mac and cheese

  46. buttagal (@buttagal) February 7, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

    mac and cheese!

  47. mrdisco1 February 7, 2015 at 11:40 pm #

    my favourite shape is the elbow topped with a meaty meat sauce and Parmesan cheese

  48. Andrew P (@apham17) February 7, 2015 at 11:51 pm #

    Another classic fave of mine is spaghetti and meatballs in a tomato sauce

  49. Salima February 8, 2015 at 11:48 am #

    Thanks for this recipe. My husband and I made it last night and we thought it was delicious!

    My favourite pasta is farfalle in rosee sauce or basil pesto 🙂

  50. Carol M. February 8, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    Fettucine with procuitto and ham

  51. Francine February 8, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

    2.8 Tonight we’re having veal parmesan with spaghetti

  52. Pam February 8, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

    my fave is penne with a blush sauce.

  53. mrdisco1 February 8, 2015 at 8:13 pm #

    my favourite shape is the elbow topped with a beefy meat sauce and Parmesan cheese

  54. Francine February 9, 2015 at 4:50 am #

    2.9 I love to put tortellini in soup

  55. SUMMER PLEWES February 9, 2015 at 11:59 am #

    We love to do spiral macaroni hamburger and tomatoes baked in the oven with cheese on top!

  56. Carol M. February 9, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    Angel hair pasta with shrimp

  57. mrdisco1 February 9, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    i’m also partial to spaghetti al dente with bolognese sauce

  58. Andrew P (@apham17) February 9, 2015 at 9:10 pm #

    penne with a creamy garlic sauce

  59. Francine February 10, 2015 at 5:15 am #

    2.10 I love ricotta-filled cannelloni with tomato sauce

  60. Pam February 10, 2015 at 6:02 am #

    I love all pasta but I like a penne shape with a blush sauce.

  61. ksceviour February 10, 2015 at 6:42 am #

    spaghetti with meat sauce,,covered in parmesan cheese 🙂

  62. CL Chin February 10, 2015 at 9:30 am #

    I like penne with sausage and rapini.

  63. nicolthepickle February 10, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    I love lasagna made with fresh tomatoes and basil.

  64. Carol M. February 10, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

    I like a good homemade lasagna with meat and mushrooms.

  65. andrea amy February 10, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

    daily tweet

    andrea_hockeygirl at hotmail dot com

  66. andrea amy February 10, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

    I love baked ravioli

  67. Dreena February 10, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    My favourite pasta shape is Penne Lisce (I don’t like Rigate). I prepare it with a fresh tomato sauce and grated parmesan cheese.

  68. Dreena February 10, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    Following both and tweeted:

  69. Anna W February 10, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

    I really like pasta shells filled with a meat sauce.

  70. Andrew P (@apham17) February 10, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

    can’t go wrong with homemade lasagna with Bolognese Sauce

  71. mrdisco1 February 10, 2015 at 9:54 pm #

    spaghetti with meatballs!

  72. Francine February 11, 2015 at 5:35 am #

    2.11 penne with a chunky tomato sauce is also a go-to in my house

  73. nicolthepickle February 11, 2015 at 7:01 am #

    I like Spagettini with meat sauce and lots of green peppers.

  74. Anna W February 11, 2015 at 10:24 am #

    I also like penne with just Parmesan cheese and butter.

  75. Eldon L February 11, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    Macaroni with cheese

  76. Carol M. February 11, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

    I also like spaghettini with basil pesto

  77. mrdisco1 February 11, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    spaghetti with juicy meatballs and a spicy tomato sauce

  78. Judy Cowan February 11, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

    Tweeted today

  79. Judy Cowan February 11, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    We love macaroni and cheese – definitely a family favourite!

  80. Yuen C February 11, 2015 at 11:23 pm #

    Farfalle with alredo sauce

  81. Francine February 12, 2015 at 5:28 am #

    2.12 Penne in Vodka sauce is also a perennial favourite

  82. Pam February 12, 2015 at 6:27 am #

    one of my faves is penne with a blush sauce and veggies

  83. Anna W February 12, 2015 at 11:44 am #

    I like shells filled with ricotta cheese.

  84. nicolthepickle February 12, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    I’m also a huge fan of Spaetzle with fried onions. That would be my go to craving pasta.

  85. Judy Cowan February 12, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

    We also love spaghetti with homemade tomato sauce

  86. mrdisco1 February 12, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

    The elbow shaped pasta with tomato sauce

  87. Yuen C February 12, 2015 at 11:17 pm #

    I like macaroni with cheddar cheese

  88. Pam February 13, 2015 at 5:10 am #

    I enjoy penne with a blush sauce and some veggies.

  89. Francine February 13, 2015 at 5:30 am #

    2.13 on a cold day like this, make it mac ‘n cheese!

  90. Anna W February 13, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    I like veggie lasagna with a white sauce.

  91. nicolthepickle February 13, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    I like homemade macaroni and cheese made with sour cream and sharp cheddar.

  92. mrdisco1 February 13, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    elbow shapped pasta with meatballs

  93. Eldon L February 13, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

    I like tomato sauce with linguine

  94. Judy Cowan February 13, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

    Tweeted today

  95. Judy Cowan February 13, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

    I like macaroni with tomatoes

  96. Andrew P (@apham17) February 13, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

    Campanelle with parsley butter sauce

  97. Yuen C February 13, 2015 at 11:46 pm #

    Farfalle with marinara sauce

  98. Francine February 14, 2015 at 6:26 am #

    2.14 – Pappardelle with a Hearty Meat Sauce is also yummy!

  99. nicolthepickle February 14, 2015 at 9:59 am #

    I’m making a big Lasagna for tonight. Here’s to Valentine’s Day!

  100. reachkate February 14, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

    my favourite shape is strotzzopretti, but this was made with penne

  101. Judy Cowan February 14, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

    Lasagna noodles with a tomato sauce and lots of cheese!

  102. karinespace February 14, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

    I love penne – with any kind of sauces but I love tomato alfredo 🙂

  103. mrdisco1 February 14, 2015 at 9:52 pm #

    Penne all’Arrabbiata

  104. Yuen C February 14, 2015 at 11:45 pm #

    I like macaroni and melted cheese

  105. andrea amy February 15, 2015 at 12:54 am #

    andrea_hockeygirl at hotmail dot com

  106. andrea amy February 15, 2015 at 12:56 am #

    I love my pasta salad (rotini, italian dressing, parmesan, and tons of fresh veggies like tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, bell peppers, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots and cucumber)

  107. Francine February 15, 2015 at 5:46 am #

    We also love Tortellini in Rose Sauce

  108. mrdisco1 February 15, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Penne all’Arrabbiata for me

  109. Carol M February 15, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

    Pasta with meat sauce

  110. Andrew P (@apham17) February 15, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

    I like Shrimp Linguine in Tomato and Feta Sauce

  111. Judy Cowan February 15, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

    I also like penne with an alfredo sauce.

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