Quinoa Risotto Recipe

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 3/4 cup
    • Calories: 176
    • Fat: 5g
    • Saturated Fat: 1g
    • Cholesterol: 4mg
    • Sodium: 296mg
    • Carbohydrates: 25g
    • Fiber: 4g
    • Protein: 9g

* Nutritional information is based on ingredients listed and serving size; any additions or substitutions to ingredients may alter the recipe's nutritional content

Quinoa Risotto Recipe

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This easy risotto recipe substitutes rice with healthy quinoa. Try this risotto recipe next time you are looking for an easy side dish.


    • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    • 1 yellow onion, chopped
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 cup quinoa, well rinsed
    • 2 1/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth (gluten free if needed)
    • 2 cups chopped spinach or arugula
    • 1 small carrot, peeled and finely shredded
    • 1/2 cup frozen peas
    • 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper


    • In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and quinoa and cook for about 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
    • Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the quinoa is al dente, about 12 minutes. Stir in the spinach, carrot, peas and mushrooms and simmer for 2 minutes, or until the quinoa is translucent.
    • Stir in the Parmesan and season with black pepper. Serve immediately. 
Yield: 6 servings, approximately 5 cups

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Review Date: February 26, 2013
Reviewed By: Christina D. Wright, RD, LDN, Nutrition Editor, Baldwin Publishing, Inc.
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