Melting Beets with Ricotta

Creamy, herbaceous, earthy, sweet, crisp and melt-in-your-mouth all at once? This simple recipe is firing on all cylinders. Use any color beets if golden aren't available. Either way, the cider vinegar will still make them pop, and the ricotta garnish adds just the right amount of creaminess.

Melting Beets with Ricotta
Photo: Photographer / Brie Passano, Food Stylist / Annie Probst
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins


  • 2 ½ pounds medium-large golden beets, peeled

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, plus more for garnish

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • ¼ cup ricotta cheese

  • 2 teaspoons honey

  • Cracked black pepper for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.

  2. Stand beets on root end and cut into 1-inch-thick slices from stem to root. Toss the beet slices with oil, thyme, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Arrange the beets in a single layer in a 9-by-13-inch metal baking pan (do not use a glass dish, which could shatter). Roast, turning once, until tender and browned on both sides, about 35 minutes.

  3. Stir broth and vinegar together in a measuring cup. Turn the beets again and carefully pour the broth mixture into the pan. Continue roasting until the pan is nearly dry and the beets are very soft, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer the beets to a serving plate and top evenly with ricotta. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with thyme and pepper, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

173 Calories
9g Fat
21g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 1 cup
Calories 173
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 15g
Added Sugars 2g 4%
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Vitamin A 170IU 3%
Vitamin C 10mg 11%
Vitamin D 1IU 0%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 208mcg 52%
Vitamin K 1mcg 1%
Sodium 265mg 12%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 46mg 11%
Potassium 634mg 13%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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