Beetroot & Sour Cream Pasta with a Rocket Salad

This pretty dish looks decadent but is actually deliciously healthy. The beetroot sauce turns the pasta a pretty pink hue, while the rocket adds a splash of green and a fresh crispness.

Beetroot & sour cream pasta with a rocket salad

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes


  • 280g Reginette pasta
  • 4 shallots
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pack cooked beetroot
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 200ml low fat sour cream
  • 2 large handfuls fresh & naked rocket, washed and drained
  • small bunch chives, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper

    to serve
    your favourite salad dressing or a drizzle of oil
    parmesan shavings


  1. Boil a kettle of water, pour into a large saucepan and bring back to the boil. Cook the pasta according to the pack instructions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking roughly chop the shallots, garlic and beetroot. Heat the oil in a saucepan and sauté the shallots for 5-6 minutes until they start to soften. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Take off the heat and add the beetroot and sour cream to the pan. Blend the mixture using a hand blender or food processor to a coarse sauce. Taste and season well with salt and black pepper
  4. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and return to the pan. Pour the warm sauce over the pasta and toss to coat the pasta well. In a separate bowl dress the rocket with a little oil or your favourite dressing (optional).
  5. Scatter a little rocket over each plate then top with the beetrooty pasta. Drizzle over any sauce left in the pan and sprinkle over the chives. Top with the remaining rocket and a few shavings of parmesan (optional).



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