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Vegetable Risotto  

Recipe by chef Georges Laurier, reviewed by Anne Kirby, RD. Photo by Julien Pianetti on Unsplash.

Vegetable Risotto  

Savor the goodness of this veggie-packed risotto recipe!


  • 60 ml olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion or shallot
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 60 ml white wine
  • 100 g carnaroli rice
  • 100g red pepper
  • 100g mushrooms
  • 100g arugula
  • 400 ml no salt added vegetable stock (vegan option) or chicken stock.
  • 40 g nutritional yeast
  • 2-3 branch thyme
  • 6 -8 leaves
  • basil or another fresh herb
  • 10 ml lemon juice
  • Pepper to taste



Preparation time: 25 minutes   

Cooking time: approx. 25 minutes 

Total time: 45 minutes 

  1. Wash and dice the red pepper. Clean and dice the mushrooms. Wash and chop the arugula. Set aside.
  2. Preheat a non-reactive pot (stainless steel) and add the olive oil.
  3. Add onions and sweat, then add chopped garlic. Stir for 2-3 minutes, making sure that garlic does not color.
  4. Then, add the rice to the pot and stir so that all the grains are covered by the oil and have a pearly appearance.
  5. Pour in all of the 60 ml of white wine and let the wine reduce.
  6. Gradually add the stock, one ladle at a time, while stirring constantly; ensure that the rice has almost all absorbed the liquid before adding the next ladle of stock.
  7. When the rice is ¾ done, add the red pepper, the mushrooms, the arugula, the nutritional yeast, the thyme, and the lemon juice.
  8. Add pepper as needed, and serve. 

Nutrient Analysis

  • Calories: 1242 KCal
  • Protein: 15 g
  • Carbohydrates: 109 g
  • Fibre: 15 g
  • Total Fat: 56 g
  • Sodium: 48 mg
  • Phosphorus: 150 mg
  • Potassium: 783 mg

Renal Diet Nutrient Analysis

Servings per recipe: 2

Serving size: 1/2 of the total recipe

Renal and Diabetic Exchanges

2.14 protein choices
7.2 carb choices
4 vegetable choices

What is one exchange?
  • 1 Protein Choice = 1oz of meat or 7g of dietary protein
  • 1 Starch Choice = about 15g of carbohydrates
  • 1 Fruit or Vegetable Choice = ½ cup
  • 1 Milk Choice = ½ cup

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