Beet Risotto

Beet Risotto Author: Jennifer Bartoli and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Credits: Maya Visnyei

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Risotto is at its best when served straight from the stove, as it loses its silky texture while it sits. Roasted beets give this risotto its subtly sweet flavour. For the most beautifully hued dish, we've added the beets toward the end of cooking.

  • Prep time 40 minutes
  • Total time 2 hours & 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 red beets
  • 2 1/2 cups sodium-reduced vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 shallots , chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1 1/3 cup arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3/4 cups Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice

Method

Wrap each beet in foil; roast in 400°F oven until tender, about 1 hour. Let cool enough to handle. Peel and dice to make 1 1/2 cups. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 48 hours.)


While beets are cooling, in small saucepan, bring broth and 1 1/2 cups water to boil. Reduce heat to low and keep warm.


Meanwhile, in large skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook shallots, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add thyme; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add rice; cook, stirring to coat, until lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Pour in wine; cook, stirring, until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 1 minute.


Add broth mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring after each addition until most of the liquid is absorbed before adding more, about 18 minutes total. (Rice should be loose and creamy yet still slightly firm in centre.) Stir in beets, 1/2 cup of the Parmesan and all but pinch each of the salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice.


While risotto is cooking, in nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat; cook beet greens, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper. Top risotto with beet greens and remaining Parmesan.

 

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Nutritional facts Per each of 6 servings: about

  • Fibre 2 g
  • Sodium 698 mg
  • Sugars 4 g
  • Protein 9 g
  • Calories 303
  • Total fat 9 g
  • Potassium 357 mg
  • Cholesterol 21 mg
  • Saturated fat 5 g
  • Total carbohydrate 44 g

%RDI

  • Iron 9
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 19
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 16
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 16
  • Vitamin C 10
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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