Cauliflower ‘Risotto’

cauliflower risotto

One of my favorite meals to make is risotto. I actually don’t mind the laborious process; it’s quite meditative and helps slow you down. A little splash of water, a stir, a sip of wine – so relaxing! But it’s just not realistic on a weeknight when time is limited and there’s a lot going on. We had our risotto with a side of roasted asparagus (chopping it and stirring it in is also an option) but you can easily adapt this risotto with ingredients you have on hand; add mushrooms, peas, tomatoes, basil, or other veggies and herbs you may be craving. Recipe and photos contributed by Sophia Zergiotis, from Love and Lentils

Serves: 3

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into large chunks
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast, optional
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

In a food processor, chop a few pieces of cauliflower at a time until they’re the size of rice granules. Place each batch in a container and set aside.

Heat olive oil in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Add garlic, onion and thyme and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until fragrant.

Add beans and vegetable broth (and nutritional yeast if you are using it, gives a slight cheesy flavor), stir, and simmer for 5 minutes.

Using an immersion (handheld) blender, blend the ingredients to a creamy consistency.

Stir in the cauliflower and spinach. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with a lid and allow to cook for 10 minutes.

Serve at once in shallow bowls and garnish with toasted pine nuts.

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One comment on “Cauliflower ‘Risotto’

  1. Connie Fletcher

    Oh my this sounds soooo good!!! I’ll be picking up a head of cauliflower TODAY!! And, I know I’m not alone in mourning…..I’m glad this site is still available for use, but terribly sad that it’s over….but, on the bright side, I can’t wait for your new book!!!

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