Risotto is known for being both amazingly delicious and notoriously difficult to make. Cooking the perfect risotto involves a lot of different components; first, you need a starchy rice. Arborio rice is the most popular, but as you’ll see in one of the recipes below, other grains may be used. Risotto is cooked in broth with the addition of butter, onion, and sometimes wine. Cheese is usually added at the end. As the rice cooks, you add the liquid and it’s very important that you carefully monitor the pot to ensure the perfect consistency — we think you get it. Making risotto can be very tricky, but once you learn all the proper tips, it’s actually not that hard! And luckily, even though risotto is made with butter, it’s easy to make vegan, thanks to dairy-free cheeses and butter.
It’s a tradition for many families to serve an Italian dinner for the holidays — so, why not include risotto on your table? These 15 vegan risottos are a guaranteed hit at any holiday dinner.
1. Saffron Risotto With Roasted Vegetables
You’ll love this Saffron Risotto With Roasted Vegetables. It’s rich and creamy, thanks to the addition of cashew cream and nutritional yeast. It can go with any roasted vegetables; just use whatever’s in season. The combination of cherry tomatoes, asparagus, zucchini, and eggplant in this recipe goes so well with the thyme and the saffron added as well.
2. Artichoke and Spinach Risotto With Lemon Cashew Cream
Spinach and artichoke dip is a classic at almost any get-together and its cheesy, gooey, goodness is a hit with everyone. Well, this Artichoke and Spinach Risotto With Lemon Cashew Cream is a lot like that dip, only better because it’s risotto. The lemon cashew cream makes this risotto extra rich, super creamy, and just bright enough for an easy, yet decadent mid-week lunch.
3. Cauliflower Risotto With Cashew Cheese
4. Creamy Pumpkin Risotto With Sweet and Spicy Pepitas
Want to serve a show-stopping main for the holidays that’s a step above the rest? Look no further than this decadent Creamy Pumpkin Risotto With Sweet and Spicy Pepitas. It’s both rich and delicious with an amazing depth of flavor brought on by all the spices. And because it’s both vegan and gluten-free, it will satisfy everyone at the table!
5. Saffron Risotto With Butternut Squash
This Saffron Risotto With Butternut Squash is creamy and flavorful. Not only is it infused with saffron, it’s cooked in a little bit of white wine to make it extra special. This dish can be eaten as a meal, a side, or used to stuff some mushrooms for a delectable appetizer or main meal, depending on the type of mushroom you use.
6. Red Pepper Risotto
This Red Pepper Risotto is rich, decadent, and creamy, but it contains no cream at all — not even cashew cream! It gets its amazing texture by cooking red bell peppers and then puréeing them until smooth. Not only does it make the texture amazing, it makes the flavor amazing, along with fresh rosemary, ginger, and sautéed onion. If you aren’t a fan of fresh ginger, try adding different herbs or spices, such as smoked paprika.
7. Vegetable Paella Risotto
This Vegetable Paella Risotto combines the best of the worlds of paella and risotto into one seriously delicious and comforting meal. It has a creamy texture like risotto and the savory flavors of paella without the dairy or seafood. What’s the secret? Smoked paprika. This dinner entrée is so flavorful, packed with vegetables, and not to mention, easier than traditional risotto.
8. Wild Mushroom and Leek Risotto
9. Risotto With Crispy Brussels Sprouts
Truth be told, this Risotto With Crispy Brussels Sprouts is amazing. Crispy roasted brussels sprouts add a dimension of texture as they sit atop a bed of creamy risotto. Risotto may be time-consuming, but this recipe is hardly difficult! It takes little effort to create a warm, comforting, and flavorful meal.
10. Lemony Butternut Squash Risotto
This healthy Lemony Butternut Squash Risotto has so much going for it: tons of flavor from the slow cooked onions, garlic, and rosemary, a super creamy texture from the pumpkin, and a cheesy flavor from the nutritional yeast. Adding the zest and juice of a whole lemon gives it just the right kick!
11. Carrot Barley Risotto
12. Balsamic Split Pea and Mushroom Risotto
13. Butternut Squash Risotto With Sage and Toasted Hazelnuts
If you’re all about herbs and spices, you will absolutely fall in love with this Butternut Squash Risotto With Sage and Toasted Hazelnuts. The pure, clean scent of sage complements butternut squash like a dream. Topped with toasted hazelnuts, the flavors in this butternut squash risotto are transcendent.
14. Truffled Mushroom Risotto
Whether you’re looking for an indulgent celebratory meal, or just a cozy, stay-home-in-your-PJ’s dish, look no further than this Truffled Mushroom Risotto. It’s loaded with heady and aromatic truffles and cooks up silky and divine. And it’s dead simple — so don’t be intimidated!
15. Sweet Potato Risotto With Sausage and Brussels Sprouts
Creamy orange sweet potatoes and plump grains of rice create a comforting bowl of goodness. This Sweet Potato Risotto With Sausage and Brussels Sprouts makes a full and impressive meal when topped with crunchy sprouts, tart dried cranberries, and succulent pieces of vegan sausage.