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Healthy Lemon Basil Risotto in a black pan.

Healthy Lemon Basil Risotto

4.50 from 10 votes
Healthy Lemon Basil Risotto is the perfect lighter, gluten free side dish. The combination of lemon zest and fresh basil gives it a rich, delicious flavor!
WW Freestyle Points 10
Prep Time : 10 minutes
Cook Time : 30 minutes
Total Time : 40 minutes
Serves : 4 people
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  • Heat olive oil in pan. Add in onions and garlic to olive oil. Sauté until translucent, about 5-8 minutes.
  • Add in rice, 2 cups of broth, wine and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes over medium heat until the rice starts to absorb the liquid.
  • After rice has simmered, stir in remaining broth, cheese, herbs, lemon juice, lemon zest and spices. Stir constantly on medium heat for 5-10 minutes until rice has absorbed all liquid and is creamy.
  • Remove from pan, top with chopped fresh basil (optional) and enjoy!


Substitutions for this risotto
  • You can omit the wine and substitute it with chicken stock if you prefer to not cook with alcohol
  • You can substitute basil for your favorite herb. Parsley, sage or oregano will all be delicious! I highly recommend using fresh herbs!

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Lemon Basil Risotto
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup (approx))
Calories 292 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 494mg21%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 98IU2%
Calcium 163mg16%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. This is an estimate and can vary pending your ingredients
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