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Whole Grain Spaghetti with Roasted Romanesco, Beets & Gorgonzola Cheese

This quick and easy pasta recipe combines healthy veggies with the aromatic flavor of gorgonzola.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Entree, Lunch
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword: barilla pasta, beets, gorgonzola, pasta, whole grain pasta
Servings: 8
Author: Barilla


  • 1 box Barilla® Whole Grain Spaghetti
  • 1 head Romanesco broccoli cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup prepared beets sliced and quartered
  • 6 ounces Gorgonzola cheese


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Toss romanesco florets with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and crushed red pepper; place on nonstick baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until tender and browned.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain, reserving ½ cup of pasta water.
  • Place pasta and pasta water back in saucepan over medium heat. Add roasted romanesco and season to taste. Turn heat to low and keep pasta mixture warm.
  • In separate skillet sauté beets in remaining olive oil over medium heat to warm through, approximately 1-2 minutes.
  • Divide into eight bowls and top pasta mixture with beets and cheese.