Risotto with Chard (Risotto alle Bietole)

Risotto with Chard (snijbiet in Dutchis a humble yet tasty risotto. I parcooked the chard in the stock that I subsequently used for the risotto to capture all of the flavor of the chard. For this risotto I used only the leaves of the chard. If you like, you could also use the stems if you parcook them longer. The two most important things for making a fine risotto are the stock and patience. The stock must be homemade, not from cubes. Patience is needed to stir it for 20 minutes or so, but all that work is rewarded with a very creamy and tasty risotto.



For 2 servings

300 grams (.67 lbs) of chard (more if you are only using the leaves)

130 grams (2/3 cup) of risotto rice such as arborio

600 ml (2 1/2 cups) of homemade chicken stock or vegetable stock

60 ml (1/4 cup) dry white wine

1 small onion, finely chopped

40 grams (3 Tbsp) butter

freshly grated nutmeg

freshly grated parmigiano reggiano

salt and freshly ground black pepper


Clean the chard and separate the tough stems from the leaves.  You can use the stems for another dish, or parcook them longer than the leaves and use them together with the leaves for this risotto.

Shred the leaves.

Heat the stock.

Parcook the chard in the stock for 5 minutes. (If you are also using the stems, cook them for 10 minutes longer.)

Drain the chard, catching the stock. Put the stock back into a pot and keep it warm (simmering).

Melt 30 grams (2 Tbsp) of the butter over low heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent.

Add the rice and toast the rice until the edges become translucent.

Add the chard as well and sauté for a minute.

Add the white wine and allow to evaporate, stirring.

Add a ladle of the hot stock. Stir until it has evaporated, and then add another ladle of stock and keep stirring.

Go on like that for about 16-18 minutes or until the rice is cooked al dente.

Add some freshly grated nutmeg to your liking.

Add freshly grated parmigiano to your liking.

Add the remaining butter (10 grams/1 Tbsp) in small pieces.

Stir to mix. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Allow the risotto to rest for a few minutes.

Serve on warm plates, sprinkled with some more grated parmigiano.


11 thoughts on “Risotto with Chard (Risotto alle Bietole)

  1. Your chard looks very like one of the varieties of bok choy… which I just happen to have. I was wondring what to do with the two little heads I have left 🙂


  2. This sounds like a great risotto, Stefan. Bietole was a frequent vistor to our table and it would have been a welcome addition to risotto. Your advice to use homemade stock brought a smile. When I was learning to make risotto, I bought some stock, a cheap brand, that was heavily salted. Well, you can imagine how salty that risotto became by the time the rice was cooked. It was inedible and I’ve never made that mistake again. 🙂


    1. My first risotto, about 15 years ago, was a similar disaster because I used cubes (as was specified in the recipe!). You can imagine how disappointed I was after all that stirring…


  3. I really fell behind blogging and it’s hard to keep up with you. 😮 You cook so many wonderful things. Given we have a nice crop of homegrown chard every year this is a new use for the chard. Great recipe and post!


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