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Red Bean Risotto

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  • Servings:

    6 (461 g) as an appetizer
  • Prep Time:

    45 minutes
  • Cook Time:

    0 minutes


The hands-on process for turning arborio rice into a creamy dish is entirely worth the work for the flavor and texture. Red beans and kale add visual texture and colorful appeal to make this a beautiful centerpiece for any vegetarian feast.Tip: For sweeter kale, wash it a second time after slicing to remove the bitter compounds released in the slicing process.
2 quarts low-sodium vegetable broth
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup minced onion
1 1/2 cups arborio rice
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
Pepper to taste
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 bunch kale, stemmed and thinly sliced
1 (15 oz.) can red beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Red Bean Risotto


1. Bring the broth to a simmer in a saucepan over low heat.
2. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a wide, heavy skillet. Add the onion and cook until tender (3-4 minutes).
3. Stir in rice, thyme, and garlic into skillet with onion. Continue stirring until rice is fragrant (1-2 minutes). Stir in the wine and cook until liquid is mostly evaporated (1 minute).
4. Begin adding the simmering broth, about 1/2 cup at a time, just enough to cover the rice. Cook, stirring often, until it is just about absorbed, and add more broth. Continue this pattern of adding liquid and cooking down until the rice is slightly translucent but still white in the center (10-15 minutes)
5. Stir in the kale, and continue to cook in the same fashion until the rice is tender all the way through (5-10 minutes). Taste and adjust seasoning, adding pepper to taste. Stir in the beans and Parmesan, stirring until beans are warm and cheese has melted (2-3 minutes). Serve hot.


Nutritional Facts
Servings 6 (461 g)
Base Nutrients
Calories 291 kcal (15%)
Calories from Fat 39 kcal (0%)
Total Fat 4 g (7%)
Saturated Fat 1 g (6%)
Cholesterol 4 mg (1%)
Sodium 366 mg (15%)
Total Carbohydrates 52 g (17%)
Dietary Fiber 6 g (23%)
Protein 8 g (14%)
Vitamin A n/a
Vitamin C 15 mg (16%)
Calcium 105 mg (8%)
Iron 1 mg (6%)