Beet Risotto

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  • Risotto seems to be an intimidating dish for most, however if you follow my simple steps, you’ll be making this Beet Risotto like a pro in not time at all!

    Beet Risotto is an easy risotto recipe that uses beets, shallots and garlic for a vibrant dish. Top with cool ricotta and honey. #beetrisotto #howtomakerisotto www.savoryexperiments.com

    Beet Risotto is an easy risotto recipe that uses beets, shallots and garlic for a vibrant dish. Top with cool ricotta and honey.

    Oh, risotto!!! A blank slate, arborio rice is a wonderland for a cook like me. The chameleon of rice grains, it will take on any color or flavor you ask.

    Beet Risotto is an easy risotto recipe that uses beets, shallots and garlic for a vibrant dish. Top with cool ricotta and honey. #beetrisotto #howtomakerisotto www.savoryexperiments.com

    On this occasion, my color was burgundy red and my flavor was white wine and sweet beet.  Ideal for Valentine’s Day dinner at home, pair this side with Crab Stuffed Beef Tenderloin. It is also a great Christmas side dish, as it is certianly the right color!

    Did you know that a long, long time ago, far before companies ever produced artificial food coloring, beets were used to reach red coloring in baked goods, such as Red Velvet Cake?

    Beet Risotto is an easy risotto recipe that uses beets, shallots and garlic for a vibrant dish. Top with cool ricotta and honey. #beetrisotto #howtomakerisotto www.savoryexperiments.com

    I find this fact funny, because when I initially published my Red Beet Chocolate Cake, people gasped as to why I would mix my vegetables with chocolate. The truth is, I’m not reinventing the wheel, I’m just bringing back old school cooking.

    Beet Risotto gets its deep hue naturally from beets. The heat and liquid draw out the brilliant color for a spectacular side dish any time of year. Setting half of the sauteed beets aside and adding them at the end will elevate the texture profile.

    White wine can be substituted for additional vegetable stock, if desired. Creamy, cool ricotta cheese and a light drizzle of honey balance the dish plate in both texture and color.

    Beet Risotto is an easy risotto recipe that uses beets, shallots and garlic for a vibrant dish. Top with cool ricotta and honey. #beetrisotto #howtomakerisotto www.savoryexperiments.com

    For the beets, you can easily steam your own in just 30 minutes, or take a few short cuts by buying canned beets. At my grocer, there are also freshly steamed beets available in the produce section. Depending on how juicy the beets are, the risotto may be a lighter or darker color of burgundy.

    Make sure you read my article on preparing risotto at home for the easy-to-follow steps for foolproof risotto. While I won’t tell you risotto isn’t time consuming (just due to the gradual addition of liquid and stirring) it IS EASY!

    Beet Risotto is an easy risotto recipe that uses beets, shallots and garlic for a vibrant dish. Top with cool ricotta and honey. #beetrisotto #howtomakerisotto www.savoryexperiments.com

    Beet Risotto can be served as a side dish, but also as a vegetarian entree. Top with seared or grilled shrimp or scallops for a seafood dish.

    After you discover how simple it is to prepare risotto, you’ll also be making:

     

    Beet Risotto is an easy risotto recipe that uses beets, shallots and garlic for a vibrant dish. Top with cool ricotta and honey. #beetrisotto #howtomakerisotto www.savoryexperiments.com

    5 from 7 votes
    Beet Risotto is an easy risotto recipe that uses beets, shallots and garlic for a vibrant dish. Top with cool ricotta and honey. #beetrisotto #howtomakerisotto www.savoryexperiments.com
    Beet Risotto
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    40 mins
    Total Time
    55 mins
     
    Beet Risotto is an easy risotto recipe that uses beets, shallots and garlic for a vibrant dish. Top with cool ricotta and honey. 
    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: Italian
    Keyword: beet risotto, how to make risotto
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 395 kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola
    Ingredients
    • 2 tablespoons butter , divided
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 shallots , chopped
    • 4 garlic cloves , chopped
    • 2 large beets
    • 2 cups arborio rice
    • 1 cup white wine
    • 7 cups vegetable broth
    • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
    • Honey for drizzling
    Instructions
    1. Scrub beets clean and then place them in a saucepan fitted with a steamer basket and about 2 inches of water. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes or until tender all the way through. Once the beets are cool enough to handle, rub the skins off and cut into small bite size pieces.

    2. In a large, wide frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil, sweat shallots and garlic until just soft. 

    3. Add dry arborio rice, continuing to brown. Add half the chopped beets. 

    4. Meanwhile, heat vegetable broth in a sauce pan until at a low simmer, then reduce to warm.
    5. Add white wine to arborio rice, stirring to absorb.
    6.  Ladle in one cup of simmering broth and stir. Cook until absorbed. Continue to add 1 cup of simmering broth at a time, waiting until each addition is absorbed before adding the next, until all broth is gone. This process takes about 20 minutes.
    7. Risotto should be creamy and rice granules taunt. Stir in salt and remaining beets.
    8. Spoon into serving bowls, top with a dollop of ricotta cheese and drizzle lightly with honey. 

    9. If you've tried this recipe come back and let us know how it was! 

    Nutrition Facts
    Beet Risotto
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 395 Calories from Fat 81
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 9g 14%
    Saturated Fat 4g 20%
    Cholesterol 20mg 7%
    Sodium 1560mg 65%
    Potassium 225mg 6%
    Total Carbohydrates 62g 21%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
    Sugars 5g
    Protein 7g 14%
    Vitamin A 16%
    Vitamin C 3.2%
    Calcium 5.9%
    Iron 18.7%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Beet Risotto is an easy risotto recipe that uses beets, shallots and garlic for a vibrant dish. Top with cool ricotta and honey. #beetrisotto #howtomakerisotto www.savoryexperiments.com

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