Simple Broccoli Cheddar Risotto

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 622kcal
This is a simple broccoli cheddar risotto recipe: a comforting vegetarian dinner that's easily cooked in a single pan.


  • 5 cups small broccoli florets fresh
  • 1 cup risotto rice or arborio rice
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 5 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Heat olive oil in a 3 quart nonstick sauté pan over medium heat. Add broccoli, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Cook until the broccoli is tender, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer broccoli to a plate and set aside.
  • Add rice, vegetable stock, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir. Bring to a boil over high heat, then cover with a lid and decrease to medium-low heat or lower to maintain simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Uncover the pan and check that the rice is tender and done. Add cheddar cheese and stir with the rice until melted. Add broccoli and butter to the pan, stirring until the broccoli is heated and the butter is melted. Serve while hot.