Broken Spaghetti Risotto


This risotto with noodles is not really risotto; it only refers to the similar technique used in that famous Italian dish. Like the grains of Arborio rice, pieces of broken pasta are tossed in hot butter or oil before the liquid is added, but here we're going even further, and toasting it to a gorgeous nut-brown. This gives the dish its signature look, as well as adds a subtle nutty flavor.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti, broken into 1 inch pieces

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth, divided

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • salt to taste

  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat; add spaghetti and toast, stirring constantly, until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes.

  2. Stir garlic into spaghetti pieces and cook for 30 seconds.

  3. Pour in 1/2 cup broth and increase heat to medium-high. Stir spaghetti and broth until all the liquid is absorbed, 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat this process until all of the stock is absorbed and noodles are desired tenderness, about 10 minutes.

  4. Reduce heat to low. Season spaghetti with red pepper flakes and salt to taste. Remove from heat.

  5. Stir Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and parsley into spaghetti and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

518 Calories
11g Fat
86g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 518
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 2121mg 92%
Total Carbohydrate 86g 31%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 89mg 7%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 294mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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