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Cauliflower Cheese Risotto

Updated: Sep 9, 2023

Creamy, cheesy risotto in half the time because it's made with cauliflower rice. Learn how to make this quick easy dish to enjoy as a side or entree.

Lectin Free Gourmet Cauliflower Risotto

Cheese risotto is traditionally made with arborio rice, pan sauteed in olive oil, then simmered in broth until tender. You can make cheese risotto in a fraction of the time using cauliflower rice. Same method, less liquid half the time. And the taste and texture rival the original.

Cauliflower cheese risotto is the most requested side dish for my 12 year old son. He always takes one bite and says, "Mmmmmm!"

This salty, cheesy, creamy rice dish creates the perfect bed for my pan-seared sea scallops. But you can also can enjoy the dish as a light meal.

Frozen cauliflower rice works great for this recipe, but you can also use fresh cauliflower. I tend to pick up a bag or two of frozen cauliflower rice whenever I see it. It's just nice to have on hand for whenever the mood strikes, which is often. I make this dish weekly because it's so fast and simple.....AND DELICIOUS! Let's make this quick and easy, savory dish.


The Recipe

LFG Cauliflower Cheese Risotto

2 C Frozen Cauliflower Rice

3 T Olive Oil

3 Cloves Garlic (minced)

2 C Pastured Chicken Bone Broth

1/4 C Champagne or Bone Dry White Wine

1 T Fresh Thyme Leaves

1 T Fresh Rosemary Leaved (minced)

1/4 t Salt

1/4 C Parmigiano-Reggiano (grated)

1 Green Onion (sliced)

Step 1: Saute the Rice

In a large skillet on high, heat olive oil. This will take only about one minute. Add garlic and cauliflower rice. Saute until oil is thoroughly absorbed into the rice. Rice will go from opaque to transparent. Do not brown!

Step 2: Add Broth, Wine and Seasoning

To the sauteed cauliflower and garlic, add broth, wine, herbs and salt. Bring to a boil. While frequently shaking the skillet, continue to simmer until liquid has reduced significantly. You still want a little liquid, about one to two tablespoons remaining. Proper risotto should be somewhat wet.

Step 3: Add Cheese and Onions

Once the liquid is reduced to the desired amount, turn off heat. Sprinkle grated cheese evenly over the top, followed by the sliced green onion. DONE!

To make the fancy risotto dome shown in the photo, press cooked risotto into a buttered round ramekin, then invert onto a plate. Lift the ramekin off to reveal the risotto dome. Garnish with shaved parmesan and fresh thyme.

Pair with a bottle-fermented Prosecco! ENJOY!

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Ok! I love your recipes!!! But I’m having trouble because I’d like to print them out but there’s no print button. Any suggestions?

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Thanks good idea! Appreciate it!!


Thank you so much for your recipes! I made this dish and while very tasty, I also did not see the cauliflower rice turning transparently clear. And would also appreciate some approximate times for each cooking step. Thanks so much!




Lectin Free Gourmet
Lectin Free Gourmet
20 de abr. de 2020

Thanks for the feedback Debbie! I’m so glad you like the recipe. I will try to add timings and yields when I get a chance.


Your recipes are delicious, thank you!!! I would love it if you would give an estimate of the time it takes to cook and how many servings it makes. This recipe, for instance, my cauliflower never got transparent. How long should that have taken? Then, waiting for the liquid to reduce significantly took much longer than I had anticipated. Lastly, after all that time and work, I had only one serving :( I WILL make this again; we all LOVED it, I just wish I had known to make more. Thank you!!!

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