Recipe: Creamy Parmesan Risotto with Broccoli

I LOVE risotto.  Love it!  But, I'm still learning how to get it as creamy as they do in restaurants. A hunch tells me they use more cream and butter, hence, their recipes are not Weight Watcher friendly.  So, I'll continue tweaking my own versions at home, which are also tasty and serve up with less guilt. (Also, risotto is a great comfort food on a rainy week like we're enjoying here in Fres-yes!)

I made this risotto for the fam last night, and we all enjoyed it.  I hope you will too! (Serves four, each serving is 10 WWPlus points)

Creamy Parmesan Risotto with Broccoli
  • 4 c. low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 c. arborio rice
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped (I always just grate it with my microplane, faster)
  • 1 c. dry white wine
  • 1 c. broccoli florets (tops only, chopped finely)
  • 1/2 cup shredded/grated parmesan (I used shaved parmesano reggiano this time)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
What to do:
  1. Warm the broth in a medium pot over medium heat and keep warm throughout the cooking process.
  2. Melt 2 tbsp of the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.  Add the onion and garlic and stir to coat with butter.  Cook until onions begin to turn translucent or 5 minutes. If they begin to brown, turn the heat down.
  3. Add the rice and stir with the onions and garlic, cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the wine and allow to cook until all liquid is absorbed.
  5. Add one large ladle full of broth to the rice mixture and stir.  Allow all liquid to absorb, then repeat. Continue this process.  When approximately 3-4 ladles full of broth remain, add the broccoli to the rice mixture.  Continue adding broth as described until all broth is used and rice is tender.
  6. Stir in the remaining butter, salt, pepper and cheese.
  7. Serve immediately and top with additional cheese if desired.
I could eat this shaved parm like chips- oh, so tempting!!!
Risotto is yumm-o!


  1. I love that your family will eat everything you make. I can't even get the BF to taste something he's unfamiliar with, let alone eat a whole meal.

  2. Wow, that sounds amazing! I'm going to try it soon. Is that kind of rice easy to find?

  3. Heather- well, we still have to do the "5 bites. Ok, now at least 4 more bites..." thing with my son ;-)

    Terra- hope you enjoy it! :-) I've found the rice at both Trader Joe's and Fresh and Easy with no issue, hope that helps!


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