Baked Risotto with Greens and Peas

Risotto typically requires a lot of attention, but our version not only allows you to step away from the kitchen, it’s delicious, nutritious, and baked! Make it as a side or main dish.

Baked Risotto Ingredients

Serves: 4

2 tsp. olive oil
½ cup yellow onion, finely chopped
1 small garlic clove, minced
1 cup Arborio rice
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
4 oz. kale (about ⅓ bunch), thinly sliced (about 4 packed cups)
3 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth
4 oz. baby spinach (about 4 packed cups)
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
½ cup grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
3 tsp. unsalted butter (optional)
1 tsp. lemon juice

Method of Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes.

3. Add garlic and stir until fragrant, 1 minute. Add rice, season with salt and pepper, and stir until coated in oil and lightly toasted, 2 minutes.

4. Add kale, season with salt and pepper, and stir until wilted, 30 seconds. Add broth and bring to a boil over high heat.

5. Cover and bake in the oven until almost all the liquid is absorbed, and rice is tender, about 20 minutes.

6. Remove from the oven and stir in spinach and peas until spinach is wilted.

7. Add Parmesan, butter, and lemon juice. Stir until well blended and saucy. (Liquid will continue to absorb as risotto sits.)

8. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve in bowls and top with more Parmesan.

This recipe is curated by our culinary medicine team and adapted from NYTimes Cooking. Find more healthy recipes herebrowse our Pinterest boards for inspiration, or join us on Tuesday evenings for our virtual Culinary Medicine Cooking Classes.

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