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Sweet Potato & Red Chard Brown Rice Risotto

Baked Sweet Potato & Red Chard Brown Rice Risotto


Baked risotto is the easiest way to go with sweet potato and rainbow chard.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 1/2 small yellow onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth (divided)
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (or just use vegetable stock)
  • 3/4 cup brown arborio rice/short-grain brown rice
  • 1 small sweet potato (peeled and diced small)
  • 1 1/22 cup chopped red chard (about 23 large leaves with stems removed)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter (diced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Fresh oregano for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 7-10 minutes, then add the minced garlic. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add 1 3/4 cups vegetable stock, and the wine and cover. Bring to a boil over medium/high heat. Remove from heat and stir in the rice. Cover the pot and bake until rice is tender and cooked through, about 65 to 70 minutes. It might seem dry when you take off the lid, but that’s ok!
  4. During the last 20 minutes of baking time, prepare the sweet potato and chard mixture. Warm 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the potatoes with a pinch of salt. Cook for about 10-15 minutes until potatoes are slightly browned and cooked through. If potatoes begin to brown too much before they’re cooked, or if they start to stick, just add a splash of stock to the pan. Once cooked, add the chopped chard to the pan and cook for a couple of minutes, until just wilted.
  5. Remove the pot from the oven. Pour in the remaining 3/4 cup of broth, the parmesan cheese, butter, salt, and pepper. Stir vigorously for 2-3 minutes, until the rice is thick and creamy. Stir in the sweet potato and chard mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper, divide into bowls and top with torn, fresh oregano leaves.


Adapted from Cookie + Kate