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Herby Vegan Risotto

by: claire cary

This herby asparagus vegan risotto is the perfect dairy free recipe to impress your friends. It's full of flavor, rich and creamy, easy to make and perfect for meal prep.
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins


  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¾ cup white wine
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • ½ cup fresh herbs I used chives, parsley and thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cups vegetable broth warmed
  • ½ cup cashew parmesan click for recipe
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 bunch asparagus chopped
  • optional: 2 tbsp vegan butter


  • Add the diced onion, minced garlic and olive oil to a large pot or dutch oven.
  • Saute over medium heat until the onion starts to brown, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add the asparagus and blanch for just 1 minute, then drain and set aside.
  • Add in the white wine to the pot with the onion and simmer until all liquid has absorbed, stirring occasionally.
  • Add in the rice, half of the herbs (save the rest for later), salt, pepper and bay leaves.
  • Toast the rice for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add in 1 cup of the vegetable broth and simmer over low heat until absorbed, stirring frequently. Repeat this step, adding just 1 cup at a time.
  • Once you've use 4 cups, stir in the cashew parmesan.
  • After 5 cups of broth have been used, check the rice for doneness. I usually need all 6 cups of broth, but it can vary depending on how high the heat was.
  • Keep adding broth, 1 cup at a time until the rice is fully cooked and the risotto is creamy.
  • Discard the bay leaves and stir in the lemon juice, rest of the herbs, blanched asparagus and vegan butter if using.
  • Serve warm with extra cashew parmesan and enjoy!


To make this nut free, sub the 1/2 cup of cashew parmesan for 1/4-1/3 cup nutritional yeast. 
Brown rice will not work for this recipe. Please stick to arborio rice or another short grain white rice for best results. 
Serving: 1bowl / Calories: 344kcal / Carbohydrates: 61g / Protein: 7g / Fat: 5g / Saturated Fat: 1g / Fiber: 3g / Sugar: 3g

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