Summer Risotto


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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 176.4
  • Total Fat: 8.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 6.5 mg
  • Sodium: 576.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 20.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.0 g
  • Protein: 4.9 g

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Quick & easy risotto delicious in the summertime Quick & easy risotto delicious in the summertime
Number of Servings: 4


    2 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
    1 cup short-grain rice (arborio or calrose work best)
    2 tbsp of olive oil
    1 small onion, diced
    2 cloves garlic, diced
    thyme, oregano, salt and pepper to taste
    1/2 cup mushrooms
    2 cups zucchini, sliced
    1 cup red pepper, diced
    4 tbsp parmesan cheese


Heat 2 cups of chicken broth in pot over high heat. In another larger pot heat olive oil over medium heat, stirring in onions and garlic. Allow onions to brown.

At this point I always add a fair amount of fresh thyme, oregano and add some salt and pepper for flavour.

Add rice and stir well, making sure it is coated with oil.

Add 1/2 cup of the chicken broth and deglaze the bottom of the pan. Once the broth is absorbed by the rice, add remaining broth and let simmer, stirring occasionally.

After about 15 minutes add in the diced mushrooms and stir.

Once all liquid is absorbed into the rice, add zucchini, red pepper and parmesan cheese. Allow rice to cool slightly and serve.

I will substitute the parmesan for goats cheese or low-fat ricotta depending on what else I am serving. It's a very versatile dish though and you can substitute any of the vegetables for your personal/seasonal favourites or even add shrimp or some spicy sausage.

Makes 4 side servings or 2 mains.

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user KVM23..


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  • Yummy - used vegs from the garden - my first try at making risotto! Will make it again. - 9/24/10

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  • My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe. We LOVE it is a real treat to have this for dinner and still be on track. The vegetables were also very tasty. - 6/27/10

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    looks very good! I'll try it tonight with some veggies from my garden - 9/8/09

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  • this is very tasty and easy
    its great . - 9/2/09

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    great recipe, very tasty! - 9/1/09

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  • I have made a similar risotto in the past and it is delicious! I don't know where the other person got the idea that this states Vegetarian, as it is not listed as such. Though one could always use veggie broth instead to make it such. Delicioso! - 8/30/09

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Chicken broth isn't vegetarian, but I am sure it is yummy with it! I prefer risotto with chicken broth, but if it is marked vegetarian it shouldn't include meat broths. - 8/27/09

    Reply from KVM23. (8/30/09)
    sorry about that! not being vegetarian myself i completely gapped on the presence of the broth! thank you for pointing that out, i've made a category/description change.

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