Zucchini Risotto

191 Reviews 21 Pics
  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    30 m
  • Ready In

    45 m
LitleLisa1
Recipe by  LitleLisa1

“This creamy main dish gets a splash of color with the addition of zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil. With much less butter than in a typical risotto recipe and no wine, there's no running around for ingredients you don't have on hand! The result is a lovely, light flavor in a very filling meal.”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 6 servings

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Directions

  1. Bring vegetable or chicken stock to a boil in a medium stock pot, then reduce heat to a low simmer.
  2. Melt butter in a large, heavy bottomed stock pot over medium heat. Stir in onions and cook for 2 minutes, or until softened. Add the rice and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until lightly toasted. Gradually ladle in simmering vegetable stock, stirring continuously. Risotto will become "creamy" and slightly sticky, yet still firm in the center, or al dente.
  3. When almost finished, stir in the zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, and thyme, adding stock as needed and stirring continuously. Stir in basil and 3 tablespoons cheese just before serving. Divide risotto among 6 bowls, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and season with pepper to taste.

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Reviews (191)

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Ty T.
159

Ty T.

i love risotto, and this was a very good flavor combination! but 1/2 of a zucchini is definitely not enough!! i used a whole zucchini plus some yellow squash. i added the sun dried tomatoes about half way through cooking so that they would flavor the rice more. i also doubled the cheese (i used freshly shaved asiago) because I love cheese :) but it tasted pretty flavorful before i added the cheese, so you can definitely leave out the cheese or use less if you are trying to reduce fat. i made this today for my mom's birthday and she loved it!

Tarheel Fan
122

Tarheel Fan

risotto is intimidating because of all of the stirring. As much as I cook, I still cannot get rice to work, so how was I going to make something as complicated as risotto? Thanks to this recipe (my inaugural attempt), my risotto was wonderful. Being a WeightWatcher girl, I did not add the parmesan cheese to the top (didn't miss it) and added lots of veggies. I too rough chopped my zucchini, and added chopped fresh broccoli and sweet peas (at the very end). I'd recommend carrots too. One happy note: I did not "stir continuously". Instead I used a very good pot and stirred "quite often", until the end. When the mixture thickened, I "stirred continuously" and voila! No blob. Thanks for the great recipe.

D. Bennett
80

D. Bennett

This was my first risotto attempt and it worked out pretty well. I was cooking for 2 so I scaled back the ingredients as follows(which made enough for 3): 4 cups chicken broth 1 tablespoon butter 1 cup rice 1/2 sweet onion chopped 2 small carrots chopped 5 sun dried tomatoes (used the kind packed in oil) 1 zucchini chopped 1 tablespoon dried thyme 3 tablespoons fresh grated parmesan ~ 12 small basil leaves sliced width-wise I sauteed the carrots and onions together first, then added the rice and followed the rest of the recipe as instructed. Carrots sweeted it up a bit and the basil should not be skipped - it added a really nice flavor. With constant stirring over medium heat, the risotto probably took about 30 minutes total to cook. My fiance liked it and I enjoyed the leftovers for lunch the next day. I will make this again!

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 363 cal
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 4.1 g
  • 6%
  • Carbs
  • 71.2 g
  • 23%
  • Protein
  • 9.1 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 699 mg
  • 28%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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