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Theirs vs. Mine: Beet and Cheddar Risotto

A couple of weeks ago, my girlfriend told me about a gorgeous red beet risotto she had seen in a magazine. Inspired, we decided to make one for dinner. We chose this recipe because it pairs the beets with sharp cheddar cheese. The vibrant color of the risotto would be perfect for any Valentine's Day meal — especially when served in a heart-shaped dish. The flavor is rich, creamy, and was even well-liked by my beet-hating father. It's not difficult to make, so take a look at the recipe when you


Beet and Cheddar Risotto
From Food & Wine magazine

1 medium beet, peeled and quartered
2 cups loosely packed beet greens, stems trimmed
2 cups water
2 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, minced
1 cup arborio rice
8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese (2 cups)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, for serving

  1. Place the beet in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the beet greens and pulse until finely chopped.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring the water and vegetable broth to a simmer.
  3. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until softened, 3 minutes.
  4. Add the rice and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in the beets and beet greens and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the broth to the large saucepan, 1 cup at a time, and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the liquid is nearly absorbed between additions, 20 minutes.
  6. Add the cheddar; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring until the risotto is creamy and thick, 3 minutes longer.
  7. Serve in deep bowls, passing the Parmigiano-Reggiano on the side.

Serves 4.

Join The Conversation
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
I just finally got around to making this - awesome! And I'm normally not a beet fan.
jendudley jendudley 9 years
I thought it was a heart shaped meatloaf.
caramelqtee75 caramelqtee75 9 years
(shaking head no and covering my mouth)
merie33 merie33 9 years
i love beets, but i HATE risotto i'm in culinary school, and our chef went on and on about risotto for WEEKS, and i was so excited to try it when we finally got to make it and I was utterly repulsed...eck!!!
PooLovesBoo PooLovesBoo 9 years
Looks kinda of scary, but I would try it.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
sounds yummy!
lms lms 9 years
I just made risotto for dinner tonight! I have been seeing beets on a lot of menu's of late, and actually enjoyed some on a tasting menu. However, this dish does not look appetizing at all.
emalove emalove 9 years
I'm sorry, this just looks gross to me... I really don't like beets.
renaimarie renaimarie 9 years
This sounds AMAZING! Beets and sharp cheddar are two of my favorite things.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
Love it all - the beets, risotto and the dish. PugLuv your pizza sounds delish. What kind of sauce? Any meat?
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Not my cup of tea...
Food Food 9 years
I love the way this looks. Also, i love beets, and i love risotto, i bet this dish is fab!
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
I hate beets, but that's cute.
PugLuv PugLuv 9 years
Mmmmmm, beets are delicious. We grow them in our garden, and get them in our CSA basket. Most of the time we slice them thinly on a mandolin and put them on homemade pizzas with julienned carrots, roasted peanuts, cilantro and red pepper flakes. It comes out sweet and spicy, and tastes Thai-riffic. (Sorry for another bad pun.)
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
I find it hard to believe there is a "tasty" beet risotto.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Zing! I love a bad pun. And I just had some tasty beet risotto the other day. I wonder if this was the same recipe...
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
If you can't beet em, join them.
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