Healthy Risotto Recipes

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

Staff Picks

Pumpkin Risotto with Goat Cheese

This easy pumpkin risotto with goat cheese uses sweet and earthy canned pumpkin as a flavor base and creamy goat cheese to add creaminess and tang. Toasted pumpkin seeds add texture and nutty notes. Parsley adds mild fresh flavor, but any chopped fresh herb would work just as well.
By Laura Kanya

Basic Risotto

Rating: 4.5 stars 8
Slowly adding hot broth to arborio rice helps release the starch from the rice, giving risotto its characteristic silky, creamy texture. We add a splash of wine along with each addition of broth to give the dish a more pronounced wine flavor. If you'd prefer the wine to be more subtle, add the entire cup at the end of Step 2 and cook, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed, then begin adding the broth. If you prefer to omit wine, use more broth in its place.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
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.
By Carolyn Casner

Mushroom-Cauliflower Risotto

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

Corn Risotto with Tomatoes & Spinach

Rating: 5 stars 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.

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.

Quick Risotto with Shrimp, Corn & Edamame

Rating: 3.5 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.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

3-Ingredient White Bean & Pesto Risotto

Rating: 4 stars 1
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.
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By Sara Haas, RDN

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

Baked Mushroom Rice

Rating: 3 stars 2
This oven-baked mushroom rice features short-grain brown rice and plenty of flavorful mushrooms. If you'd like to make it vegetarian, use mushroom broth and vegetarian Parmesan cheese.
By Wendy Kalen

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

Winter Squash Risotto

Rating: 5 stars 9
Sweet winter squash and earthy shiitake mushrooms are delicious in this creamy risotto.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen
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Inspiration and Ideas

Lemon-Asparagus Risotto
This creamy lemon-asparagus risotto, with crisp-tender asparagus, bright lemon and salty Parmesan cheese, is delicious on its own as a main dish or as a side to enjoy alongside roast chicken.
Baked Risotto Primavera
Rating: Unrated 3
This updated spring classic calls for nutty-tasting short-grain brown rice instead of the traditional white arborio. Because the cooking time is longer with whole-grain rice, this risotto is cooked in the oven rather than on the stovetop, eliminating the need for almost constant stirring.
Farro Risotto with Mushrooms & Greens

Rather than rice, this farro risotto recipe uses oat groats and farro, which add nuttiness, while greens help bulk up the dish.