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
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
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.

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.

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

Winter Squash Risotto

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

Wild Mushroom & Barley Risotto

Rating: 4.11 stars
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.

Mushroom Risotto

Rating: 3.25 stars
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.

Seafood Risotto

Rating: 4 stars
Made with the readily available long-grain rice instead of Italian short-grain, this seafood risotto does not require constant stirring as does traditional risotto.

Quick Risotto with Shrimp, Corn & Edamame

Rating: 2.83 stars
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.

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.

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.

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

Inspiration and Ideas

Barley Risotto with Fennel
Rating: Unrated
This convenient alternative to traditional stovetop risotto uses healthy, fiber-rich whole grains--either barley or brown rice--seasoned with Parmesan cheese, lemon zest and oil-cured olives. The gentle, uniform heat of a slow cooker allows you to cook a creamy risotto without the usual frequent stirring.
Risotto with Broccoli Rabe & Red Pepper
Rating: Unrated
Sweet red bell pepper balances the bitterness of broccoli rabe in this vegetable risotto recipe. If you can't find broccoli rabe, use chard instead. For an easy risotto method, we've also included instructions for making this dish in the microwave. Make it a meal: Serve with Arugula & Strawberry Salad.

Asparagus & Mushroom Risotto

Rating: 4 stars

For this deep, rich red-wine mushroom risotto recipe with fresh spring asparagus, we like it best when it's made with mushroom broth (which you can find in well-stocked supermarkets), but any type of vegetarian broth works.