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Roasted Beet Pesto

Roasted Beet Pesto Sauce with walnuts is a superfood sauce perfect for pasta, sandwiches, pizza…anywhere a pesto can go!
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There’s a roasted beet pesto on the schedule.

But first, I want to discuss my writer’s blockage. Do they make a drain-o for that? It happens. On the reg. Sometimes the words are fertile and abundant.

Sometimes they’re an endangered species in a Salvador Dali painting. Whoa, that’s extreme. Sometimes it takes a lot of music to talk about beet pesto. Or a lot of wine. Or both plus a little flashdance.

In actuality, It took me a Muse and Florence + the Machine youtube video marathon to get me here. And people, that can be a dark, dark place. But also very beautiful.

It can be a process. You’d think a beet pesto discussion would come naturally. But it can require some really, really weird rock videos.  Nothing like Muse to be my creative muse.

Okay, honestly, it also took me a little this, this, and this, too. Maaaaaybe a little this. All things in balance, folks. All things in balance. This too. What can I say, I’m a sucker for plaid.

Told ya. Takes an army.

Do you think Florence ever gets writer’s block? Doubtful.

And beet pesto…it kinda speaks for itself.

I could have saved you a lot of word-reading and youtube watching had I just said that at the beginning, but really, beet pesto is its own thing and it’s really very tasty. I

t doesn’t taste beet-y the way…beets do. It tastes nutty, creamy, and it’s great for you. If you’re a sauce person, like me, you’ll spoon feed it to yourself before it can see the likes of pasta noodles.

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Get your beet on!

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Roasted Beet Pesto

Yield: 1.5 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Roasted Beet Pesto Sauce with walnuts is a marvelous sauce for anywhere a pesto can go.


  • 1 cup red beets, chopped and roasted (about 1 medium beet)
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup walnuts, roasted
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Wash and scrub the beet and pat it dry. Peel and chop it into ½” cubes and place the pieces on a large sheet of foil. Wrap the chopped beet in foil, making a foil packet.
  3. Place the packet on a baking sheet.
  4. Roast in the oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until beets are soft and juices are seeping out.
  5. Allow beets to cool completely.
  6. Add all ingredients except for the oil to a food processor or blender and pulse several times.
  7. Leaving the food processor (or blender) running, slowly add the olive oil until all ingredients are well combined. If the pesto is too thick for your blender to process, add a small amount of water until desired consistency is reached.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 of 8
Amount Per Serving Calories 205Total Fat 20gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 3g

Roasted Beet Pesto Sauce with Walnuts - put it anywhere a pesto can go!

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Sunday 3rd of October 2021

Can you freeze this?


Monday 4th of October 2021

Hi Alana!

Since there's a decent fat content from the oil and walnuts, I think it would freeze great. I haven't tried it myself, but I'm willing to bet it will hold up just fine :)

Diana G

Saturday 28th of August 2021

Im looking forward to making this today. How long does it keep? And, can I freeze it?


Monday 30th of August 2021

Hi Diana! The pesto will last for 7 days in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Hope you enjoy! xoxo

Kristina Lewis

Friday 26th of March 2021

I tried this recipe as my sauce on a beet, arugula and goat cheese pizza and it was SO DELICIOUS!! I added a bit more garlic than the recipe calls for, because I just love garlic. Don’t be afraid of this recipe if you don’t like beets. These flavors are so zesty, savory and really pop.


Saturday 27th of March 2021

Hi Kristina!

Wahoooo!! I'm so happy you like it! Love the idea of adding more garlic :) xoxoxo


Tuesday 1st of October 2019

I LOVE this recipe!! It’s been a staple in my kitchen for at least a year. I’ve made it with golden beets, depending on what’s handy, but the red beet pesto is very visually appealing. My favorite use for it is on avocado toast as a spread beneath the avocado. Such a delicious way to get a good helping of potassium every morning! ❤️❤️❤️


Wednesday 2nd of October 2019

I'm so happy to hear it, Erin! Love the idea of aged gouda and pine nuts..I'll have to try that as well! :D xo


Tuesday 1st of October 2019

Oh, and: I usually use aged gouda (yum!) and sometimes pine nuts instead of walnuts, and I always roast the beets in a cast iron skillet with a slightly vented lid. They come out perfectly every time. ? Thank you for sharing this recipe with the world!


Saturday 8th of June 2019

Delicious! I used toasted pecans - so fabulous. I over processed in the Vitamix so it's the consistency of pudding, but I'm going to enjoy every bite! Great recipe!

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