Beetroot Risotto with Ancient Grains

A delicious and special risotto made from a mix of ancient grains- made even better with the addition of fresh beetroot. Tasty and completely more-ish!

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Beetroot oh, how I love you!

Your beautiful red juice and gorgeous earthy flavour, I’m such a fan, but you probably know that, right? Beetroot humus, beetroot pancakes, beetroot flapjacks, beetroot curry and now beetroot risotto–it was only a matter of time, eh?

This risotto is super special because I made it with a lovely mix of organic ancient grains (spelt, pearl barley, red lentils and green mung beans) which adds a lovely variety of textures and flavours and also additional nutrition.

You can, of course, make it with arborio rice, but I think this mix really enhances the flavour and definitely the texture.

I made this delicious beetroot risotto for two reasons firstly because I’m supporting #OrganicSeptember, so the guys at Mr Organic kindly sent me some of their delicious range of products which included some gorgeous beetroot powder from Of The Earth. It’s such a vivid red colour it inspired me to make a beautiful richly red beetroot risotto, again can out tell I’m going for maximum beetroot here!

And the other reason was that our lovely friend Ben was coming for dinner–we had a lovely night, chatted, ate risotto and planned some recipe videos which we’ll be making in a few weeks time.

I’m so excited! What do you think I should make first? Sweet or savoury…. hmm decisions.

So I think (hope) if you’re a beetroot fan, you’ll love this one. Love, Niki xx.

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Beetroot Risotto with Ancient Grains

A delicious and special risotto made from a mix of ancient grains- made even better with the addition of fresh beetroot. Tasty and completely more-ish!
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
2-3 servings
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  • 3 organic beetroots trimmed
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic sliced thinly
  • 2 cups Mr Organic ancient grains or arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 pints veg stock
  • Water if needed
  • 3 tsp beetroot powder optional
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • Big twist black pepper
  • Squeeze lemon
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts toasted


  • Cook the beetroots by placing them in a saucepan of warm water, bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook until tender–approx 20-30 minutes.
  • Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the onion and oil to a large frying pan and cook on a low heat for 10 minutes until the onion is nice and soft and caramelising.
  • Next, add the garlic and stir for a few minutes, then add in the grains and stir throughly to coat all the grains.
  • Poor in the wine and turn up the heat a little. Again stir to combine and let the wine and cook off a couple of minutes.
  • Add in 1 cup of your veg stock and continue to add a cup when the grains look dry.
  • After a couple of cups of stock, chop the beetroot into cubes and then stir throughly to mix into the risotto.
  • Continue stirring and adding stock for approx 30 minutes until the grains are tender.
  • Season well with salt, pepper, squeeze lemon and beetroot powder (optional).
  • Top with lots of toasted hazelnuts.
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4 Responses

  1. Beetroot, beetroot, oh how I NEED to try you! LOL! I know I’m so bad XD but anyways, this looks amazing, and I would love to recreate this recipe someday!

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