Healthy Risotto Recipes

Find healthy, delicious risotto recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto

Rating: 4.78 stars 9
Making risotto has never been easier, thanks to an electric pressure cooker, like the Instant Pot. In this easy recipe, you don't have to stand over the stove constantly stirring. Just add everything into the multicooker and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes and this delicious dinner side dish is ready.

Mushroom-Cauliflower Risotto

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
Easy homemade cauliflower rice stands in for regular rice in this healthy vegetable-based risotto, lowering both the calories and carbs in this traditionally starchy dish. To make this a vegetarian meal, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

Chicken, Spring Pea and Farro Risotto with Lemon

Farro is chewier than Italian rice and adds an earthy flavor to the lemon-pepper chicken and spring peas in this tasty risotto recipe.

Mushroom & Shrimp Quinoa Risotto

Quinoa, the super-grain of Peru, has a creamy and supple texture that lends itself to recipes that are typically made with rice, like this risotto. It's high in protein and fiber, gluten-free and very filling. White quinoa is the most common variety, but you can also find red, black or multicolored quinoa--any variety works in this recipe. For a vegetarian version of this easy healthy recipe, double the mushrooms and skip the shrimp.

Winter Squash Risotto

Rating: 4.75 stars 9
Sweet winter squash and earthy shiitake mushrooms are delicious in this creamy risotto.

Scallop Risotto with Brown Butter & Parmesan

This simple scallop risotto makes for an impressive main dish. Stirring the risotto often results in a creamy, rich end product.
By Ali Ramee

3-Ingredient White Bean & Pesto Risotto

Amp up the protein and flavor of a box of risotto by adding some roasted white beans and prepared pesto in this easy 3-ingredient meal.
By Sara Haas, RDN

Wild Mushroom & Barley Risotto

Rating: 4.11 stars 7
In this pungent mushroom risotto, we substitute fiber-rich barley for the more traditional arborio rice. Any combination of mushrooms will work; if you use shiitakes, remove the stems from the caps before using.

Farro Risotto with Butternut Squash

Farro is a whole grain that is similar in taste and texture to barley. In this versatile side dish, it is cooked with butternut squash and served with Parmesan cheese and fresh sage.

Quick Risotto with Shrimp, Corn & Edamame

Rating: 2.83 stars 4
In this healthy, quick risotto recipe, we use instant brown rice instead of arborio rice, and frozen corn and edamame to speed up the cooking time and add fiber. To get the creamy risotto texture without slow cooking, we stir in cream cheese and Parmesan just at the end of cooking.

Butternut Squash Risotto with Mascarpone

A touch of mascarpone adds tanginess and makes this butternut squash risotto even creamier.

Shrimp Risotto with Asparagus

Asparagus, snap peas and a touch of lemon zest bring fresh spring flavor to this riff on classic risotto made with a whole-grain rice blend.
By Devon O'Brien

Inspiration and Ideas

Mushroom Risotto
Rating: Unrated 2
Although traditional risottos use refined arborio rice and require constant stirring, you can achieve excellent results with this oven-baked version using short-grain brown rice, taking advantage of its whole-grain benefits.
Corn Risotto with Tomatoes & Spinach
Rating: Unrated 2
Corn and tomatoes make this risotto taste like summer itself, but you can stir in almost any vegetables that your family likes. Make this simple entree vegetarian by swapping in vegetable broth or "no-chicken" broth for the chicken broth.
Shrimp & Pea Risotto
Rating: 3.86 stars

This Spanish-inspired main-dish risotto is studded with plenty of shrimp and peas. If you happen to have fresh shelled peas on hand, feel free to use them in place of the frozen peas.