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Beetroot & Fennel Risotto

I was thinking about what to cook in January as I went looking around our veggie patch for inspiration. We have an abundance of beetroots at the moments so I picked three of them and walked back to the warmth of the kitchen, grabbing a few other ingredients on the way.

I’m not always a big fan of the risotto but this one turned out to be the most dramatically red and delicious supper.

Serves 6

  • 8oz risotto rice
  • 3oz butter
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1pt good hot veggie stock
  • 150ml white wine
  • 4 sticks of celery, finely sliced
  • 1 large onion, finely sliced
  • 1 florence fennel, sliced
  • 8oz cooked beetroot, grated
  • 3oz grated parmesan

Warm the olive oil and 1oz of the butter in a heavy based saucepan. Fry the onion, celery and fennel until it becomes translucent.

Add the rice and stir in the white wine. Still stirring constantly, bring to the boil then gradually add stock. When rice and veg are cooked add the rest of the butter, the beetroot and half the parmesan and stir to make it all the most beautiful bright pink!

Season and serve topped with the rest of the parmesan.

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8 Comments

  1. I would love to see a picture of this – does the beetroot stain everything purple?
    Chloe, we miss you!

    Laura xx

  2. I would also like to see a photo – I think we may just have to make it! I’ll probably buy the beets pre-cooked as last time I couldn’t get the stains off my hands for days!

    Thanks for the recipe Chloe.

  3. Hello you two. I miss you lots. It’s fine to use precooked beetroot BUT you’ll get your hands stained red anyway and fresh beetroot will be even more delicious! x

  4. Nice work, Chloe! Am not a fan of risotto either, but I love beetroot so much that I will definitely give this one a go!

  5. OK, in the name of taste I will stain my hands purple! :)

  6. Hi Chloe,
    Our beetroot failed this year and we are giving up trying to grow our own; I will join the buying brigade. But I have bought beetroot seeds for sprouting, within a few days they are a glorious colour and lift the lentils and other seeds I use.
    Type “seed bargains” into your internet browser, I bought via Amazon. They have a large range of small packs of seeds, postage is very reasonable, and they mail to France!

    I have an advantage over the rest of you ~ I bought myself a box of cheapy pack of disposable gloves, (at the £ store in Torquay!) but I don’t ditch them until they have a hole, they last for ages and are great for beetroot.

  7. OMG this recipie is amazing! You must try it and share with all your friends! It also goes an amazing colour a photo on line wouldn’t do it justice! Bon appetitto! X

    • Glad you liked it. I still haven’t managed to take a photo yet!

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