Beetroot risotto recipe

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The ingredients for this beetroot risotto with horseradish keep well in the fridge or cupboard, so you can have a healthy vegetarian dinner on standby!

  • healthy
  • Low-fat
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories285 Kcal14%
Fat1.5 g2%
Saturated Fat0.2 g1%

Beautiful beetroots turn this risotto bright pink, for a fun and tasty light supper.

Beetroot risotto is so easy to make. You don't even need to peel and cook the beetroot - you can use ready cooked ones to speed up the whole process. That said, fresh beetroot in season is an absolute delight so if you're making this between the end of July and the end of October, you could boil up your own beets for it. Either way, the earthy flavour of the beets and the spiciness of the horseradish make a beautiful combination. This dish is low in calories and fat, and really cheap to make.

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  • 1ltr vegetable stock
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 250g risotto rice
  • 250g cooked beetroot, cubed
  • 1-2 tbsp horseradish sauce
  • Rocket, to serve




  1. Pour the stock into a pan, add the onion and garlic and bring to the boil. Add the rice and beetroot to the pan, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15-20 mins, stirring regularly until the rice is just cooked and the onion is tender. If the mixture gets too dry, add a little boiling water.
  2. Stir in the horseradish sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately, with some rocket.

Top tip for making beetroot risotto

This dish is a brilliant accompaniment to leftover roast beef. You can either toss some chunks in towards the end of cooking, or just serve some cold slices alongside.

Food & Recipes writer

Sue McMahon is a former Food and Recipes Writer at GoodTo and Cooking Editor at Woman's Weekly. Her primary passion is cakes and Sue regularly travels the world teaching cake decorating. Her biggest achievement to date was winning the Prix d’honneur at La Salon Culinaire International de Londres beating over 1,200 other entries.