Always so special - Green risotto Recipe

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Riso verde is a specialty I used to eat at our family restaurant in Italy, I haven’t eaten it anywhere else. My dad’s relatives have un’albergo-ristorante (an hotel and restaurant) Al Lago in San Lazzaro that also has a restaurant where they make wonderful specialties like this one. All their pasta, tagliatelle, gnocchi, cannelloni, etc…are homemade, therefore many locals go there to celebrate special events such as weddings, baptims and have traditional “gargantuesques” meals.

I have always loved this riso verde, the green color is due to the spinach, basically it’s somehow a risotto, but they call it simply “riso” (rice). Usually as any other “primo” meaning first dish, it’s served by itself, and not as a side dish. To really appreciate it, you should really savor it on its own, and with nothing else to distract you from its wonderful taste and texture.

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Servings: 2


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  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1/2 shallot, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh spinach or 1/3 lb frozen
  • 1 cup (to be adjusted) dry white wine
  • 1 cup (to be adjusted) vegetable broth
  • 2 tbs parmigiano reggiano
  • 1 tbs heavy cream
  • salt and pepper


  1. First start preparing the spinach. If using fresh spinach, wash them well, and boil in salted water for about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Drain well squeezing extra water, and chop them finely first, then with a little cream, place in a blender and reduce into a purée type of consistency. Set aside.
  3. In a pot, heat olive oil, then add shallots. Let them brown then add rice.
  4. Stir rice to coat rice with the olive oil.
  5. Add gradually wine and broth and keep stirring.
  6. Add spinach 10 minutes before rice has finished cooking.
  7. Add cream and continue stirring.
  8. At the end add parmigiano.
  9. Stir well all ingredients so that risotto has absorbed flavors. Serve hot.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 126g
Recipe makes 2 servings
Calories 388  
Calories from Fat 42 11%
Total Fat 4.76g 6%
Saturated Fat 2.73g 11%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 105mg 4%
Potassium 237mg 7%
Total Carbs 75.11g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1.7g 6%
Sugars 0.25g 0%
Protein 9.15g 15%
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  • kathy gori
    this looks great! I love the combo of spinach and rice , there's an indian dish very similar to this. beautiful!
    • Claudia lamascolo
      so fresh and delicous looking!
      • Maralyn D Hill
        I tried this last night and it is as tasty as it sounds. It was our main dish with some chicken. More risotto than chicken.

        Thanks for sharing.
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        • kathy vegas
          I make this often, it's one of my all-time favorite risotto recipes. The color of this dish is just amazing...and people who may not care for spinach (especially children) will love eating it in this recipe.
          I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
          • Lazaro Cooks
            Love the green risotto recipe featured chef...
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            • Patricia Turo
              My husband doesn't like rice, but one way I can get him to eat it is by making risotto. I make it with many different vegi's but a little different recipe. I will give this a try. Thanks.
              • Chetana Suvarna Ganatra
                Donno hw I came across ur page, but got glued wit all those interesting recipes.
                Liked tis risotto...soo simple yet soo fabulous.
                So agree with u...tis shud be savoured on its own...
                Bookmarking ur recipe..never made it tis way.
                BTW a cook fm down under.
                I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
                • Healthy Mamma
                  Wonderful recipe! Perfect flavones,simple and healthy.
                  I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
                  • Organic Cocktail Recipes
                    Yummy. Thanks so much for this recipe!
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                    • Malli
                      I'm on a mission to find as many delicious veggie recipes as possible, bumped into this it and will definitely try it out. Looks awesome:)


                      • Citronetvanille
                        February 12, 2010
                        Thanks Maralyn, glad you liked it! And thanks for letting me know :o)

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