Ooh yes, I’ve mentioned before how blessed I am to be in love with a man who can whip up an incredible risotto at a moment’s notice and I figured Vegan Mofo was the perfect time for him to show us what he’s got!

Don’t believe the rumours.  Risotto is not difficult or scary to make, and if you love root vegetables like I do, you’ll love my lovebug’s recipe.  The earthiness of the beets combined with the freshness of the basil and the sweetness of the potato make for a killer combo and an impressive dish any day of the week.  Meal Planner and pretty pens optional.  xx


Beet, Basil & Sweet Potato Risotto

Rebecca Weller - Vegan Sparkles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp freshly cracked pepper
  • 2 pinches sea salt
  • 1 cup peeled & diced beetroot
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled & diced sweet potato
  • 1/3 cup arborio rice
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups vegetable broth/stock
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves


  • Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, dried oregano & thyme, sea salt & cracked pepper and sauté until onions are soft.
  • Add beetroot and sweet potato and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat, add rice, and stir through for 2 minutes.
  • Add 1/3 cup of stock at a time, stirring through each time until well absorbed before adding more.
  • When the rice is almost cooked, add fresh basil, then continue stirring until rice is cooked, adding more stock if dish becomes too dry (you want it to remain quite saucy).
  • Serve hot, topped with fresh basil.

 Beet, Sweet Potato & Basil Risotto


9 Comments on Beetroot, Basil & Sweet Potato Risotto

  1. vegeTARAian
    September 4, 2013 at 5:50 am (11 years ago)

    What great colour! Looks fantastic, can’t wait to try it. Yum!

  2. Maggie Muggins
    September 4, 2013 at 9:36 am (11 years ago)

    All you had to say was sweet potato and I was sold 🙂 Love how vibrant it is! I really need to experiment more with risotto.

  3. CupcakeKitteh
    September 4, 2013 at 10:13 am (11 years ago)

    This is such a bright and beautiful dish!

  4. Annie
    September 4, 2013 at 10:14 pm (11 years ago)

    The color is gorgeous. Who wouldn’t want a big bowl of that?

  5. Caitlin
    September 5, 2013 at 6:51 am (11 years ago)

    What a pretty colour! Looks lovely! 🙂

  6. Emma
    September 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm (11 years ago)

    This looks awesome! Sweet potato is my favourite and I actually really love how beetroot stains everything 🙂

  7. Emma
    September 5, 2013 at 10:36 pm (11 years ago)

    What a creative recipe! I’d have never though to combine these 3 flavours. It’s so pretty too with the bright colours. Going on the to-make list for autumn 🙂

  8. Sarah
    July 14, 2014 at 6:35 am (10 years ago)

    Made this tonight! Absolutely delicious!!!

    • Vegan Sparkles
      July 14, 2014 at 2:38 pm (10 years ago)

      Oh fab, I’m so glad you enjoyed it as much as we do, Sarah! 🙂 x