Risotto, deliciously yummy risotto. One random day I woke up craving risotto, but what I didn't wake up craving was leaving the house in order to buy the necessary ingredients.
What my pantry lacked in Arborio rice though, my fridge made up for in fresh zucchini. The gears in my head started spinning and I decided to go full steam ahead and make "risotto", but using zucchini instead of rice! Groundbreaking! Genius! Haha.
I chopped up the zucchini into small pieces, and pretty much followed a regular Risotto recipe method. Tiny pieces of veggies equal rice these days, right? Add delicious mushrooms, white wine, shredded parmesan and a splash of cream ~ oh yeah! Risotto it is!
Unlike a regular Risotto recipe, which is a long slow process, this healthy (and easy!) low-carb version of the famous northern Italian dish takes but a fraction of the time. It can be enjoyed as a main course, or even a flavor-packed side dish.
It's a new twist on zucchini that the whole family will enjoy.
For more vegetables with a twist, try these on for size:
- Chimichurri Oven Roasted Vegetables
- Cilantro Apple Slaw
- Curry Green Beans With Feta
- Loaded-Cauliflower Creamed Spinach
- Carrot Mashed Potatoes
Risotto-Style Mushroom Zucchini - Pin It!
Risotto-Style Mushroom Zucchini
- 4 cups zucchini (quartered lengthwise, deseeded and chopped finely, or grated with a cheese grater)
- 1 brown onion (finely diced)
- 2 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 cups white button mushroom (thinly sliced)
- ½ cup white wine
- ⅓ cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil (or any cooking oil of choice)
- 2 tablespoon heavy cream
- to taste salt and ground black pepper
- Sauté the onion over a medium heat in the oil until tender, approximately 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic and mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, and and cook over a high heat until the mushrooms are done.
- Add the white wine and allow it to reduce to at least half.
- Add the zucchini bits and a splash of the chicken broth.
- Once the broth has reduced to nothing, add a little bit more until the zucchini is cooked to your desired level. You might not use the whole cup of broth.
- Once the zucchini is cooked, remove from the heat, and add the cream, butter, and parmesan cheese.
- Stir until the cheese is melted.
- Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and serve immediately.
Tips and Tricks:1. It’s important to cut the seeds from the zucchini as it can sometimes cause a bitter taste. 2. You can add more cheese to your personal taste.