Cauliflower "Risotto" with Porcini Mushrooms and Peas


Risotto is a Northern Italian rice dish that is cooked for a long time, stirring often. A traditional risotto is cooked with a warm broth, added slowly, to create a creamy consistency. I remember my Nana would make a cup of coffee and grab her stool and sit at a stove for an hour while preparing risotto! As a paleo dish, it takes less time to prepare and the cauliflower gives it a perfect risotto feel.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
27 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 7 mins
4 servings


  • 1 ¼ cups dried porcini mushrooms

  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth, or more if needed

  • 1 large head cauliflower, chopped

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 shallot, minced

  • 2 teaspoons sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ cups frozen petite peas, thawed

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme


  1. Pour 2 cups boiling water into a large bowl. Add dried mushrooms; let stand until rehydrated, about 20 minutes. Remove mushrooms with a slotted spoon and pat dry; chop into smaller pieces. Reserve soaking liquid.

  2. Pour chicken broth into a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cover and keep warm.

  3. Process cauliflower in a food processor fitted with a shredding disc into grains the size of rice.

  4. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add shallot; cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add cauliflower rice, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until flavors combine, about 5 minutes.

  5. Stir 1 cup of warm chicken broth into the pot; simmer until absorbed, about 5 minutes. Add remaining broth, 1 cup at a time, simmering until it is absorbed and cauliflower rice is tender, about 10 minutes.

  6. Stir chopped mushrooms, peas, balsamic vinegar, and thyme into the pot. Cook and stir until mushrooms and peas are heated through, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Save the soaking liquid from the porcini mushrooms, strain it with a coffee filter or cheesecloth, and use it in soups. You can also add a little to your risotto to give it a richer flavor.

Use 2 small heads cauliflower instead of 1 large if needed. You can use a box grater to prepare the cauliflower instead of a food processor.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

263 Calories
10g Fat
30g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 263
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 1043mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 10g 37%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 99mg 495%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 18mg 100%
Potassium 699mg 15%

* 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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