Delight In Color: Making Beetroot Risotto

Introduction: Beetroots, with their vibrant color and earthy flavor, are not just nutritious; they can also transform a simple meal into a feast for the eyes. One of the best ways to enjoy beetroots is by incorporating them into a creamy, comforting beetroot risotto. This dish is perfect for a cozy dinner or a festive gathering. Here’s how you can prepare this delightful meal.


  • 1 cup Arborio rice

  • 2 medium-sized beetroots, peeled and grated

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 4 cups vegetable broth, kept warm

  • 1/2 cup white wine (optional)

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Fresh herbs (like parsley or thyme), for garnishing

Preparation Steps:

  1. Prepare the Ingredients: Start by peeling and grating the beetroots. Finely chop the onion and mince the garlic. This bit of prep work makes the cooking process smooth and enjoyable.

  2. Sauté the Aromatics: In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, and sauté until they are soft and translucent. This is the base of your risotto and should be fragrant.

  3. Toast the Rice: Add the Arborio rice to the pan, stirring it around with the onions and garlic until the grains are well-coated and start to turn translucent. This helps to give the risotto its signature texture.

  4. Deglaze and Cook: If using wine, pour it in now and let it reduce for a minute. Then, start adding the warm vegetable broth, one ladle at a time, stirring frequently. Wait until each addition is almost fully absorbed before adding the next ladle.

  5. Add the Beetroots: Halfway through the cooking process, add the grated beetroots. Their natural sweetness and stunning color will permeate the dish.

  6. Finish with Butter and Cheese: Once the rice is tender yet firm to the bite (al dente) and the risotto is creamy, stir in the butter and grated Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  7. Garnish and Serve: Spoon the risotto into bowls and garnish with fresh herbs for a touch of color and freshness.

Conclusion: Beetroot risotto is not just a meal; it’s a visual and taste delight that brings a splash of color to your dining table. The creamy texture combined with the subtle sweetness of beetroots makes it a dish to remember. Enjoy this beautiful risotto with loved ones, or treat yourself to its comforting embrace on a quiet evening.