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Low Carb Cauliflower Risotto

This Cauliflower Risotto recipe is a low carb, keto-friendly twist on traditional risotto. Creamy and cheesy without all the carbs!

Cauliflower risotto recipe in a bowl on a blue background - This Cauliflower Risotto recipe is a low carb, keto-friendly twist on traditional risotto. Creamy and cheesy, without all the carbs!

I’m a huge fan of risotto. I mean who isn’t? Creamy, carby goodness that’s easy to customize with whatever you have in your fridge! But I’d be lying if I said traditional risotto doesn’t have its drawbacks.

For one, it takes forever to make. You’ve got to slowly add the broth over the course of 30 or so minutes, meaning you’re hovering over the stove for the entire cooking time.

But even more so, traditional risotto isn’t all that healthy. It’s virtually all carbs and fat, without much in terms of healthy nutrients. So today we’re lightening it up and swapping out the risotto rice for cauliflower rice. That’s right, friends. Riced Cauliflower Risotto!

Cauliflower risotto recipe in a bowl on a blue background - This Cauliflower Risotto recipe is a low carb, keto-friendly twist on traditional risotto. Creamy and cheesy, without all the carbs!

Cauliflower Risotto Ingredients

  • Cauliflower (duh): Riced cauliflower makes up the bulk of this low carb risotto!
  • Flavor Makers: Garlic and shallot lay down serious flavor to get us going.
  • Vegetable Broth: Just like traditional risotto, we’ll cook our “rice” in a bit of broth to infuse it with even more flavor.
  • Cheese and Cream: Stir in grated parmesan and heavy cream at the end for that distinctive creamy risotto feel (but you won’t need much thanks to a sneaky trick we’ll do with the cauliflower!)
  • Veggie: You can throw in whatever veggie you like, such as sautéed asparagus or mushrooms!
Cauliflower risotto recipe in a bowl on a blue background - This Cauliflower Risotto recipe is a low carb, keto-friendly twist on traditional risotto. Creamy and cheesy, without all the carbs!

Making this Cauliflower Risotto is pretty simple. Process your cauliflower into “rice” using either a food processor or a box grater. Simmer the cauliflower rice in a flavorful broth mixture just until it’s tender.

Then there’s the secret to even creamier (yet still healthy) risotto. We’ll puree a bit of the cauliflower then stir it back in with the rest. This will help glue everything together and give the feeling of creaminess (without needing to add a quart of heavy cream!)

Cauliflower risotto recipe in a bowl on a blue background - This Cauliflower Risotto recipe is a low carb, keto-friendly twist on traditional risotto. Creamy and cheesy, without all the carbs!

Stir in your parmesan and cream, season with salt and pepper, and mix in your optional extras. That’s it, friends. Low carb, ultra-creamy Cauliflower Risotto coming your way!

Cauliflower risotto recipe in a bowl on a blue background - This Cauliflower Risotto recipe is a low carb, keto-friendly twist on traditional risotto. Creamy and cheesy, without all the carbs!

We’re making a really basic version of riced cauliflower risotto today, but you can easily flavor it up and add fun ingredients to mimic your favorite risottos (like Lemon Basil RisottoGorgonzola Risotto, or Mushroom Risotto). I threw in sautéed asparagus because it’s spring and therefore prime asparagus season!

Cauliflower risotto recipe in a bowl on a blue background - This Cauliflower Risotto recipe is a low carb, keto-friendly twist on traditional risotto. Creamy and cheesy, without all the carbs!
Cauliflower risotto recipe in a bowl on a blue background - This Cauliflower Risotto recipe is a low carb, keto-friendly twist on traditional risotto. Creamy and cheesy, without all the carbs!

Low Carb Cauliflower Risotto

This Cauliflower Risotto recipe is a low carb, keto-friendly twist on traditional risotto. Creamy and cheesy without all the carbs!
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Course: Main Dishes, Side Dishes
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cauliflower rice, cauliflower risotto, low carb risotto
Diet: Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Vegetarian
Occasion: Christmas, Thanksgiving
Time: 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 121kcal
Author: Sarah Bond
5 from 1 vote

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 15 mL
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth 240 mL
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan 80 g
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream 60 mL
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: asparagus

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Rice: Rice the cauliflower by either blitzing chunks of it in a food processor or grating with a box grater.
  • Cook: Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium, then add shallot and garlic. Cook until shallot is tender, then stir in riced cauliflower and vegetable broth. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, or until cauliflower is tender.
  • Puree: Scoop about ¼ of the cauliflower mixture into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth and creamy. Drain excess water from the remaining ¾ of the cauliflower.
  • Stir: Stir pureed cauliflower back into the cauliflower rice, along with the parmesan and heavy cream. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed. Optionally stir in sautéed asparagus (or your favorite veggie).

NUTRITION

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.4g | Protein: 6.2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3.8g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 312mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 1.8g | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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  1. Alex Palacios says:

    Hi Sarah. Made this risotto for my wife and I as a side dish to Lombardi Chicken and it stole the show! Delicious! I used two small packets of Bird’d Eye frozen cauliflower garlic flavor and we did add the sauteed asparagus! So delicious, thanks for posting. We will be making this one regularly!

    1. Sarah says:

      So happy you liked it, Alex! Sounds like a great dinner 😀

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