Risotto with Broccoli Rabe, Ricotta, & Toasted Zucchini

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Make broccoli rabe the star of this dish!

It’s rich in vitamins A, C and K, as well as calcium, potassium, and iron. Doesn’t broccoli rabe sound super healthy? As a bonus, it’s nutty and has a nice texture, a versatile vegetable that can be incorporated into almost any dish. Here, we’re making it the focus in the Italian dish, risotto. The arborio rice, broccoli rabe, and toasted zucchini create a harmonious blend. The addition of the ricotta allows the  flavors to become even more round and complex.

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Risotto with Broccoli Rabe, Ricotta, & Toasted Zucchini

Perfect in health, texture, and taste, this risotto is a great side to any meal, any time of the year.
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 0.75 cup
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove halved
  • 1 chili removed seeds, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 pound broccoli rabe chopped
  • 2 cup rice (the Italian rice varieties to use are carnaroli, arborio, vialone nano or roma)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 4 cups vegetable broth low-sodium
  • 2 zucchini diced
  • 2 ounces ricotta cheese low-fat, more if needed (can be replaced with parmesan cheese)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pepper


  • Over medium heat, in a large saucepan with extra virgin olive oil, sautè the garlic and chili (if using). When the garlic turns golden brown, discard it. Add the broccoli rabe and cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the rice. Stir constantly to coat the rice with the oil for about 3 minutes. Pour the white wine and let the alcohol evaporate, about 2 minutes. Add about one-third of the vegetable broth then stir.
  • As you continue cooking the risotto, keep on adding the vegetable broth and keep on stirring. Don't let it dry up and stick to the bottom to the pan.
  • Meanwhile, on medium heat, in another saucepan with extra virgin olive oil, toast the zucchini until golden brown. Set aside. At the end of cooking the risotto, which should have a creamy consistency and the rice is al dente, turn off the fire then add the ricotta. The amount of ricotta can be adjusted. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately while still piping hot with the toasted zucchini sprinkled on top and drizzle with fresh extra virgin olive oil.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 272mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 14
Keywords Vegetarian

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Rowena Dumlao-Giardina

Rowena is a recipe developer and food & travel writer/photographer from Italy with Asian roots. Creating healthy dishes in her own kitchen is priority. She believes there is nothing more satisfying than knowing that her family is eating natural & nutritious meals.

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