Root Vegetable Risotto

IMG_3589An early. morning. winter. run. Doesn’t happen for me all that often, but when it does, I remember how beautiful the light is and how exciting mornings can be.

20 minutes after I stop, I also remember how cold and hungry I am. Hence: root vegetable risotto.

Don’t think heavy rice and hours of adding small amounts of liquid. There’s a time and place for the classic. But this recipe here is about warming up quick and getting good nutrients in, relatively fast.

What you’ll need:IMG_3572

1 small sweet potato, small dice
1 large parsnip, small dice
8 baby carrots, small dice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 medium onion, minced
1/2 cup parsley, minced
1/4 cup white wine (optional)
2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar (double if you don’t use wine)
blue cheese crumbles to taste (read: a good scoop.. or two)

  • Dice sweet potatoes, parsnip and carrots. Salt & pepper. Set aside.IMG_3579
  • Melt butter in sauce pan on medium heat. Maybe a sliver a 1/4 inch thick? Not a ton.
  • Mince onion and garlic. Add to pan.
  • As soon as they start to turn brown, add vegetables.
    • As these cook, try not to smash them. You want the little cubes to brown up, but not mash.
  • After 8-10 minutes of browning, turn temperature to medium low. Add wine and rice vinegar and parsley.


  • Keep mixture simmering until nearly all the liquid evaporates.
    • This is a good time to take a quick shower *not that I’m advocating unattended cooking (news producer, kitchen fires..).
  • Sprinkle with blue cheese IMG_3594

I know some people use apple sauce or chicken broth in their root veggie risottos. Something to try if you don’t have wine!



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