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Vegan Beetroot Pasta Bake
January 2023
Reading time 2 Minutes
Winter nights mean we’re all in need of something tasty and warming – and this vegan beetroot pasta bake is the perfect dish!
Preparation times:
20 mins
Cooking time:
20 mins
  • 250g vac-pac beetroot
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 4 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 4 carrots, finely chopped
  • 30g basil
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Salt for seasoning
  • 400g pasta
  • To serve
  • 100g plant-based feta (optional)
  • 50g plant-based grated cheese (optional)
  • 15g basil

Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Carefully open the vac-pac beetroot, draining the juice into a jug and set it aside. Chop the beetroot into quarters.

Meanwhile, put the oil into a large frying pan on a medium heat. Add the onions, celery and carrot, and two thirds of the drained, quartered, beetroot, cooking until soft, about 10 minutes. Roughly tear the basil into the pan and add the garlic, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat after 30 seconds.

Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and add the pasta, simmering for eight minutes. Drain, reserving 200ml of pasta water.

Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor blitz the onion and beetroot mixture, along with the reserved beetroot juice. Slowly add the pasta water to loosen the mixture until you have a pourable consistency.

Pour the drained pasta into a large oven proof dish. Stir the sauce through the pasta, ensuring the pasta is well coated. Top with the remaining beetroot quarters, plant-based feta and grated cheese, if using.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until crisp on top. Top with the fresh basil, if using.

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