Honey and Sumac Roasted Carrots with Ricotta

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These sweet and savory honey sumac roasted carrots are a beautiful carrot recipe for any occasion! Paired on top of homemade ricotta, not sure there is anything better. The sweetness from the honey, paired with the savory, tangy sumac pairs really nicely roasted with these carrots. Looking for more carrot recipes? Be sure to check out our Pumpkin Carrot Soup, and Apple Carrot Orange Smoothie.

What is sumac?

Sumac is a popular middle eastern spice from the sumac berry, used in a lot of Persian cuisine. You can serve it with ground beef, in salads, over rice, and in this case, we are using the spice to roast carrots. If you’re looking for more sumac recipes, be sure to check out our Peach Panzanella with Feta and Sumac Dressing or Sumac Chicken Salad with Feta Basil Dressing.

Honey and Sumac Roasted Carrots with Ricotta

What ingredients do you need for roasted carrots?

Carrots: We’re going to be peeling our carrots and slicing them in half, vertically, and then in a bias into bite-sized pieces. We are keeping some of the carrot tops for garnish, one of our favorite ways to utilize them without waste. You can also top with fresh parsley if your carrots don’t have the tops.

Honey: Now for the sweetener; honey. Not only does the honey add sweetness to the carrots, but it also adds a nice flavor profile when roasted. You can also glaze carrots with maple syrup or agave if you want to sub honey.

Sumac: Sumac adds a smokey, earthy flavor that matches perfectly with our roasted carrots. Given the red, vibrant color of sumac, it also complements the carrots well visually.

Ricotta: Our favorite thing to pair with these honey and sumac carrots is our homemade ricotta! Although subtle, the combination of the natural flavor and creamy texture creates a perfect balance for our flavorful honey and sumac roasted carrots.

Instructions to make these honey and sumac carrots recipe

Roast Your Carrots

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F. On a baking sheet pan lined with parchment, add your prepared carrots. Toss with olive oil, honey, sumac, salt and pepper. Spread evenly in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  • Transfer to the oven and roast for 30 to 40 minutes, until the carrots are fork tender and charred in places, tossing halfway through.

Make your Homemade Ricotta

  • While your carrots are roasting, prepare your Homemade Ricotta. Skip to the next step if you are using store-bought ricotta.

Serve

  • To serve, spread a lather of your ricotta on the bottom of a shallow platter (option to whip the ricotta in a food processor with a drizzling of extra-virgin olive oil for a smoother ricotta), then top with your sumac carrots.
  • Finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, a sprinkle of sumac, and roughly torn carrot tops.
Honey and Sumac Roasted Carrots with Ricotta

Tips, Tricks, and Substitutions

Am I able to substitute the carrots for other vegetables? Absolutely! You can switch up the carrots for other veggies like roasted Brussels sprouts or sweet potatoes! The flavor profile of the honey and sumac is too good with any vegetable.

Can I make this recipe with baby carrots? Yes, if you plan on using baby carrots for this recipe, we recommend lowering the amount of time in the oven since it’ll cook faster. We’d say check up on them around 15 minutes and see if their fork tender, or at your desired texture.

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Honey and Sumac Roasted Carrots with Ricotta
5 from 2 votes

Honey and Sumac Roasted Carrots with Ricotta

These sweet and savory honey sumac roasted carrots are a beautiful side dish for any occasion! Paired on top of homemade ricotta.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 1 ½ to 2 pounds carrots, about 8 to 12 medium carrots, peeled, halved, sliced on a bias into 2-inch pieces, plus carrot tops for serving
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon sumac, plus more for serving
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Lemon juice, for serving
  • 1/2 cup ricotta, we are using our Homemade Ricotta recipe

Instructions 

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F. On a baking sheet pan lined with parchment, add your prepared carrots. Toss with olive oil, honey, sumac, salt and pepper. Spread evenly in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  • Transfer to the oven and roast for 30 to 40 minutes, until the carrots are fork tender and charred in places, tossing halfway through.
  • While your carrots are roasting, prepare your Homemade Ricotta. Skip to the next step if you are using store-bought ricotta.
  • To serve, spread a lather of your ricotta on the bottom of a shallow platter (option to whip the ricotta in a food processor with a drizzling of extra-virgin olive oil for a more smooth ricotta), then top with your sumac carrots.
  • Finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, a sprinkle of sumac, and roughly torn carrot tops.

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 144mg, Potassium: 580mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 28554IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 121mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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