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Cauliflower "Risotto" with Porcini Mushrooms and Peas

Rated as 4.33 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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1 h 7 m servings 263
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  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; 10.3 29.5 16.3 26 1043 Full nutrition

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This was absolutely amazing! Followed the recipe exactly and we didn't even notice the cauliflower rice...everyone had seconds! So delicious!

This is a lot of work if you do not own a food processor but the outcome is worth it. The one thing I did not like about the recipe is the color the cauliflower turns as soon as you add the vine...