Zucchini Risotto

This is a fabulous recipe that will help make of some of that summer overflow of zucchini disappear in a hidden way. The mix of spices, garlic, and great zucchini flavor actually surprised me the first time I cooked this–I didn’t expect it to be so delicious!

Risotto is is a traditional Italian rice dish cooked with broth and flavored with parmesan cheese (though, being dairy-free, I’ve found that the cheese isn’t necessary to the final meal; it tastes wonderful no matter what). Risotto is made using short-grain rice. The stock is added gradually while the rice is constantly stirred. The cooking technique leads the rice to release its starch,  giving the finished dish a natural creamy texture–without any added dairy.

Ingredients (serves 5-6)

Dairy-free margarine

3/4 lb Carnaroli or Arborio rice (see quick version below)

olive oil for sauté

1 onion

3 clove garlic

4 large zucchini

thyme

oregano

salt

parmesan or goat cheese (optional)

1. Sauté the rice briefly in dairy-free margarine. Add white wine. When it is absorbed and evaporated, gradually add 6 cups of hot chicken broth. Cook and constantly stir 8 to 12 minutes. Taste to indicate readiness of the rice. (Quick version: Briefly sauté pre-cooked frozen brown, carnaroli, or arborio rice in margarine and wine. This way you get the flavor without as much hassle if you’re in a hurry.)

2. Chop the onion and press the garlic. Sauté in a separate pan.

3. Grate/shred the zucchini and add to the onion and garlic. Sauté until lightly golden.

4. Add thyme and oregano to the zucchini pan. Stir thoroughly and remove from heat.

5. Combine with the rice. (If you are adding cheese, do so now.) Salt to taste, garnish with a few basil leaves. Serve cool, hot, or at room temperature, and enjoy!

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Categories: Main dish, Season: Summer, Side dish

Author:rsedlak1

Became a voracious, unapologetic bookworm in 4th grade after reading the first three Harry Potter books. Have a thing for dystopias, young adult novels, classic literature and funny memoirs (re: Mindy Kaling / Tina Fey). English and journalism geek, media and pop culture critic, food writer and blogger, editor of an entertainment magazine. Hobbies include: my Netflix account, cooking, gardening, music, art and hiking.

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