Vegetarian Risotto Recipes: The Best Gourmet Italian Risottos Homemade

Risottos should be prepared with an Italian short grain rice (arborio is the most common variety) and the rice should be toasted then slowly simmered in just a bit of liquid at a time. This releases the starches in the rice and allows the natural sauce to develop. But that's where the rules end, as you can see by this amazing variety of vegetarian (and some vegan) risottos.

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    With white wine, shallots and cream, this is full-flavored vegetarian risotto. The recipe calls for both dried porcini and fresh white mushrooms, making this a meatless dish that vegetarian mushroom lovers will appreciate. You might also want to try out this shiitake risotto with edamame for something different.

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    For extra cheesey Italian flavor, add in a Parmesan rind or two when simmering stovetop, if you have them on hand. This is a simple and classic risotto, and the Parmesan cheese flavor means it'll be a hit with the kids.

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    If you're hesitant to try a reduced-fat vegan risotto, this is the one to try. It's flavored with sun-dried tomatoes and plenty of fresh Italian herbs, including basil and parsley. Risotto with sun-dried tomatoes is a decadent, delicious vegetarian, and dairy-free vegan main dish.

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    A classic vegan and dairy-free vegan risotto recipe, made with white wine instead of lots of added fat to keep it nice and light. Yes, you could add vegan margarine and dairy substitutes to make it creamier, but with this classic and basic recipe, the flavor of the wine shines through instead. 

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    A vegetarian and vegan twist on classic Italian risotto - pumpkin! Why not? Pumpkin adds a sweet and unique flavor perfect for fall, as a vegetarian Thanksgiving entree, or anytime. This Italian risotto recipe is both vegetarian and vegan. See also: More fantastic pumpkin recipes

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    A meatless risotto with a rich depth of flavor from some unusual risotto ingredients, including tofu, apple juice and sesame oil instead of heavy cream or cheese, so it's a bit lower in fat than traditional risottos. One recipe reviewer said, "Surprisingly good, nice and light by not having cheese in it. We added a splash of wine and the juice from half a lime to give it a little bit more life."

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    A purist might say it's not truly a risotto if it's not made with Italian rice, but there's no reason you can't cook whole grains in the same traditional method as a rice risotto.

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    I find that if you follow all these cooking tips, you can create a simple and low-fat vegan risotto and you won't even miss the cheese, cream or heavier meat-based broths. Vegan risottos really are superior. But shhh! Don't tell anyone! Let the others think that their butter, cheese, and chicken broth risottos are better. We'll all know the truth. Here's how to make the perfect vegan risotto. 

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