Pasta, Rice, Grains/ Vegetables

Roasted Beet Risotto with Glazed Carrots and Fresh Dill

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons – not just all the dawns of autumn, nor the shorter, cooler days, but the evenings as well. Soft, sad evenings when shadows are lengthening and leaves beginning their transformations through gold, red and yellow to brown. I love the rustling as they fall and the sudden gusts of wind and dust. There is a wistful, mellow feeling in the air during autumn which makes us pause and take stock, beckoning us to reflect a little on our lives. Mornings when it is good to go mushrooming, and pick figs; to invite friends over for a long breakfast; and to experiment with some new dishes in the kitchen using some of the tawny autumn fruits and vegetables.

Roasted Beet Risotto with Glazed Carrots and Fresh Dill

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  • For the roasted beet puree:
  • 2-3 small red beets, cleaned from leaves and stalks removed
  • I Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • For the risotto:
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1 garlic, minced
  • 1 cups Arborio rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine
  • 3 cups vegetable stock for vegetarian version or chicken stock, warmed
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • For the glazed carrots:
  • 12 yellow baby carrots
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • dill for garnish



Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the beets in a glass or ceramic baking dish. Mix with the olive oil and water. Cover with foil. Bake until the beets are tender through, about 1 hour. Let cool. Peel the beets and cut into chunks. Add to the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade and process to a rough puree. Set aside.


To make the risotto, in a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the diced onion, garlic and shredded carrot and cook, stirring occasionally about 5 minutes. Add the rice and bay leaf and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Pour the wine over rice and simmer for about 5-6 minutes. Add the stock a one cup at a time, stirring frequently until it is almost completely absorbed before adding more. When the rice is tender but firm to the bite, after about 15 minutes, add the one cup beetroot puree and stir to incorporate. Stir in the butter, cheese, dill and season with salt and pepper. Remove the bay leaf and discard.


To make a glazed carrots bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the carrots and boil for 1 minute, then drain. In a fry pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the carrots and sauté until just glazed. Season with salt and pepper.


Divide the risotto into equal portions and place on warm plates, garnish with the sautéed carrots and fresh dill.

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  • Reply
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    October 21, 2012 at 4:51 am

    I'm jealous of your real fall weather as I don't really see too many trees with "fall color" around where I live. Mostly green or brown, and it's pretty depressing when it's cold. I used to enjoy fall so much, so I enjoyed your pictures from your backyard (I assume) today. I love risotto and always order if I see one on menu. However I haven't made one at home, and I need to change that. I love beets and color is amazing! I try to imagine how wonderful it must be to join your long breakfast… your guests are lucky! 🙂

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    Spicie Foodie
    October 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Beautiful words Yelena. They describe so many of the reasons why I also love autumn. The risotto is gorgeous and looks so mouthwatering.

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    October 22, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Gorgeous! I have some roasted beets in my fridge right now, perfect timing to find this recipe!

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