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Looking for a way to make your traditional dishes a little more festive? Don’t beet yourself up over it 😉 It’s the most up-beet time of the year, and this beet-utiful Beet Risotto makes our hearts skip a beet! Made with our gluten-free Carnaroli rice, its high starch content creates the ultra-creamy yet toothsome texture of superior risotto.


  • 6.5 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 6 tbsp Virgin Olive Oil – Olearia San Giorgio
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large beets (12 oz each) peeled and coarsely shredded, plus thinly sliced beets for garnish
  • 3 cups Carnaroli Rice – Sarafino
  • 1 ½ cups grated Young Pecorino cheese
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds, plus more for garnish


  1. In a saucepan, bring the chicken or vegetable stock to a simmer; then cover and keep warm.
  2. Prepare the beets:
    • In a medium pan, melt 4 tbsp of butter with 6 tbsp Virgin Olive Oil.
    • Add the onion and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until softened (about 5 minutes).
    • Add the shredded beets and stir until the pan is dry (about 12 minutes).
    • Spoon half the beets into a small bowl
  3. Prepare the rice:
    • Add 3 cups Carnaroli rice to the pan and stir for two minutes.
    • Add 1 cup of the warm stock to the rice and cook over medium heat, stirring, until the stock is nearly absorbed.
    • Continue adding the stock 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly, until the rice is al dente and a thick sauce forms (about 22 minutes).
  4. Stir in the cooked beets, cheese and a few tbsp of water if the risotto is too thick.
  5. Plate the beet risotto. Garnish with sliced beets and poppy seeds.
  6. Enjoy!


Recipe adapted from Food and Wine.

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