While the nature of brown rice means that this dish will take longer to cook than standard risotto, it is well worth the wait. Feel free to adapt the recipe according to whatever seasonal produce is available to you.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
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Directions

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  • Bring vegetable broth and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Add asparagus, reduce heat to low, and simmer until just tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer asparagus to a bowl of ice water; let chill for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, cover saucepan and keep broth mixture at a near-simmer on low heat.

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  • Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring gently, until toasted and fragrant, 4 to 5 minutes.

  • Pour 1 cup of the hot broth mixture into the rice and cook, stirring constantly, until liquid is almost absorbed. Adjust heat if necessary to maintain a simmer. Repeat, using 1/2 cup liquid at a time, until rice is just beginning to become tender, about 25 minutes.

  • Stir in diced carrots. Continue adding broth and stirring rice mixture until carrots are just tender, about 20 minutes more. Mix in zucchini; if broth mixture gets low, add hot water as needed. Cook and stir, adding broth, until rice is tender, about 5 minutes.

  • Mix in drained asparagus and peas and cook until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes, Add Parmesan and butter, stirring until butter melts. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour in an additional 1/2 cup hot broth to the finished risotto for a softer consistency, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

322 calories; protein 10g 20% DV; carbohydrates 47.1g 15% DV; fat 10.7g 17% DV; cholesterol 12.9mg 4% DV; sodium 500.3mg 20% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
05/03/2013
The cooking til tender actually took me 80 minutes! That is 80 minutes of stirring and standing at the stove.! Even though I cut my veggies up (except the onion that I started with) in between stirring that is still a long time! But I was determined to make healthier brown rice risotto. I also had to use over 12 cups of liquid instead of the 10 the recipe called for. I changed 1 cup of that to white wine to add more flavor. And 7 cups was broth and the remaining water. The result was a delicious veggie risotto that I might make again if I pull up a chair and call my favorite chatty friend.. haha... Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/22/2019
I cooked this for an hour and the rice was still very hard and the vegetables were mush. I did the recipe to the letter. Had to trash it. Will not try again. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
05/02/2013
The cooking til tender actually took me 80 minutes! That is 80 minutes of stirring and standing at the stove.! Even though I cut my veggies up (except the onion that I started with) in between stirring that is still a long time! But I was determined to make healthier brown rice risotto. I also had to use over 12 cups of liquid instead of the 10 the recipe called for. I changed 1 cup of that to white wine to add more flavor. And 7 cups was broth and the remaining water. The result was a delicious veggie risotto that I might make again if I pull up a chair and call my favorite chatty friend.. haha... Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
11/17/2013
This is a lovely idea. Short grain brown rice is not easy to find but it's worth it. I didn't use any water but otherwise used all the ingredients in the recipe. It took both more time to cook and more liquid than stated in the recipe about another quart of stock. Used only veggie stock. Although delicious it is not risotto but I would likely make it again. Thanks! Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2013
This recipe took a very long time to make but was pretty good. The smell is FANTASTIC the first few bites were delicious but the more I ate it the more I got tired of the taste. I paired it with ritz crackers and a tarty drink & it balanced the flavor out. It is more suited as a side. Also this is waaay more than six servings. I think I served myself two and it was less that 1/6 of the entire recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/25/2013
Although I made a lot of changes I still give this recipe the props for getting me to a delicious brown rice risotto! First I used chicken broth instead of vegetable broth because that's what I had on-hand. Second I only used the onion from this recipe and added mushrooms a few minutes after sautéing the onion and garlic (used mushrooms because I was pairing this with chicken marsala). The mushroom flavor really stood out at the end - it was delicious! Will definitely be making this again maybe next time with more veggies! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2014
Very good recipe. Tweaked just a little and was able to cook it within 30 mins to 45 mins! Will definitely use again!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2014
Made this with eggplant parm the other night for some friends who absolutely hate vegetables not only did it draw high praise but everyone had seconds! Yum yum yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2014
It was delicious. My first time making risotto and I was very pleased with it. Will continue to make it from now on. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2016
Fantastic! I have never made risotto before and am thrilled! I love it! Added red peppers and no carrots. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/05/2018
For me this was labor intensive. That phrase "...stirring constantly" is not to be taken lightly. I wish I steamed the vegetables first but brown rice just takes a loooooong time to cook. Once I ran out of broth I used some cheap white wine. It was fine in the end but not stellar. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
07/22/2019
I cooked this for an hour and the rice was still very hard and the vegetables were mush. I did the recipe to the letter. Had to trash it. Will not try again. Read More