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Mushroom Asparagus Risotto

Gluten Free Keto Low Carb Vegetarian

Recipe by Chef Michele Ragussis

  • Cook Time 10 minutes
  • Serves 2 servings
  • Difficulty Easy

There’s nothing quite so creamy and comforting as a big bowl of risotto. Rice and cheese go perfectly with vegetables and aromatics to create a restaurant-worthy dish. But “restaurant risotto” is indulgent—a meal you probably think you can only enjoy on special occasions.

We've created a low-carb version of this delicious dish using ZERO net carb It's Skinny Rice. This risotto is luscious, low-carb, and keto-friendly thanks to the amazing stats. Enjoy it any time, guilt-free!

Risotto: A Comforting, Creamy Rice

One cup of uncooked arborio rice has about 100 grams of carbohydrates. It's this starchy carb that gives risotto its signature creamy texture. As the rice cooks, it becomes thick and satisfying.

Arborio rice gets its name from a small town in Piedmont, Italy, where the medium-grain rice originated. Rice is ubiquitous in Mediterranean food, like the Spanish paella, but risotto is the signature rice dish of Italian cuisine.

Most people are aware that even though risotto is a fairly simple dish ingredients-wise, it requires a lot of careful attention and stirring. Due to the starchy nature of arborio rice, you must keep it moving, slowly adding broth as it thickens. If you stop stirring, the risotto will stick to the pan and burn.

Classic risotto often includes other vegetables and variations. It’s popular with shrimp, mushrooms, spinach, artichokes, peppers, and more.

For our lightened-up (but still so-creamy) keto risotto, we use mascarpone cheese to get the creamy richness without the carbs and starch. You'll still enjoy all that gooey, cheesy, satisfying richness of risotto, but it won't leave you weighed down like the old-school version.

Low-Carb Risotto for Any Lifestyle

If you're cutting out carbs, you might think dishes like risotto are a thing of the past. But with It's Skinny, we've made over this risotto into a keto-friendly delight.

Because It's Skinny is low-carb (ZERO net carbs) and low-calorie, you can use it to lighten up almost any dish. It's perfect for keto dieters because you can get your pasta or rice fix without taking your body out of ketosis.

It’s Skinny is also gluten-free and vegan. It’s made with a few straightforward ingredients, so you can feel good about enjoying it if you’re on Whole30, avoiding processed foods, or following a cleanse.

You can also enjoy It’s Skinny if you’re doing an intermittent fasting diet. Thanks to the stellar stats on It’s Skinny, it won't shift your body out of fasting mode. If you enjoy It's Skinny Rice or Pasta with a bit of salt and pepper and a small amount of healthy fat like butter, olive oil, or parmesan cheese, you can enjoy it between meals. It’s a great way to stay on track and avoid feeling deprived or hungry.

It’s Skinny Pasta and It’s Skinny Rice are the ideal foods for almost any lifestyle. We’re paleo-friendly, keto-friendly, and low-cal. All around, it’s the perfect way to give a lightened-up update to all your favorite comfort foods.

Try It’s Skinny chicken noodle soup, fettuccine Bolognese, or Thai drunken noodles. Enjoy a hearty breakfast scramble with It’s Skinny Rice, or try a delicious chicken fettuccine. It’s possible to enjoy almost any pasta or rice meal with It’s Skinny.

Cutting Carbs with It’s Skinny Rice

It’s Skinny Rice is the perfect way to lighten up all kinds of dishes. We’ve cut the carbs in poke bowls, rice pudding, and even fried rice. You won't believe how perfectly It's Skinny Rice replaces carb-heavy traditional rice in all your favorite meals.

So how do we do it? How do we make ZERO net-carb rice (with only 9 calories per pack)?! Is it magic? No, it's not magic, but it's thanks to an ingredient you might not be familiar with. Meet konjac.

Konjac root is a strange little vegetable. It's not the prettiest member of the garden. It resembles a turnip or potato. It has a starchy white flesh that happens to be extremely high in a satiating type of fiber known as glucomannan. This fiber keeps blood sugar levels steady. You won't have hunger crashes, and you'll feel full and satisfied after you finish a bowl of Its Skinny.

There’s no reason to stop at It’s Skinny Rice, either! Konjac makes perfect pasta too. We offer It’s Skinny Pasta in three delicious varieties—the perfect taste and texture to make your keto pasta dreams come true. Try all the varieties:

  • It’s Skinny Rice
  • It’s Skinny Spaghetti
  • It’s Skinny Fettuccine
  • It’s Skinny Angel Hair

We also offer a variety pack that will enable you to sample each type of It's Skinny to find your favorite! Order today, and you can have all the comforting rice and pasta dishes your heart desires, with none of the accompanying guilt from derailing your diet.

Frequently Asked Questions about Low-Carb Mushroom Risotto

Every cook runs into questions now and again. We encourage you to get creative in the kitchen! Here are some tips and tricks for customizing and cooking your perfect low-carb mushroom risotto!

Do I Need to Stir this Like Traditional Risotto?

Heck no! Most of us don't have an extra 45 minutes to stand at the stove and stir. Fortunately, It's Skinny Rice isn't just low-carb and low-cal; it's also low-maintenance. You don't need a rice cooker, a pressure cooker, or any other nonsense to make perfect It’s Skinny Rice.

To use It’s Skinny Rice for any dish, all you do is open the pack, drain, and rinse. Add the rice to your other ingredients at the end of the cooking process and allow it to heat through. It’s that simple. You’ll have perfect, creamy, low-carb mushroom risotto with no stirring required!

Can I Add Other Vegetables to this Mushroom Risotto?

It’s Skinny Rice plays well with all sorts of veggies and other ingredients. Like traditional rice, it doesn’t have an overpowering flavor. Both It’s Skinny Rice and It’s Skinny Pasta take on the other flavors in the dish as they cook. If you aren’t a fan of mushrooms or asparagus, you can swap them out for another ingredient.

Try risotto with snap peas, zucchini, butternut squash, or red bell pepper for something different. Spinach and artichokes taste perfectly at home in risotto (and the creamy flavors remind us of everyone’s favorite spinach-artichoke dip)!

Can I Add Protein to this Vegetarian Risotto?

Because this risotto recipe uses chicken broth, it's technically not completely vegetarian (you can easily swap it for veggie broth if you prefer). If you want a bigger protein boost, we recommend adding shrimp to this risotto for a Mediterranean classic. Any other shellfish would be a great choice, too—crab, clams, or lobster.

If you're not a fan of fish, you could serve this mushroom risotto with some grilled chicken or even steak. This is a great side dish for almost any type of protein. It's a nice way to combine vegetables (asparagus) with low-carb rice to round out a meal.

Low-Carb Mushroom Risotto Recipe

Ready to make this great date-night dinner? This low-carb mushroom risotto is fast, simple, and impressive. The creamy texture is crave-worthy, and once you realize how quickly you can enjoy a restaurant-level risotto, you'll put this dish on rotation!

NUTRITION INFORMATION FOR MUSHROOM ASPARAGUS RISOTTO

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Ingredients

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  • 1 package white button mushrooms
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus tops
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (swap with vegetable broth to keep recipe vegetarian)
  • - Salt & pepper to taste
  • - Olive oil
  • - Parmesan cheese, parsley, lemon zest for garnish

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