Elena Bruno Rotolo | Springtime Brown Rice Risotto
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Springtime Brown Rice Risotto

This creamy and fresh dish uses no butter, cheese or oil, yet still has the texture and flavor you’re used to when it comes to risotto.


1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

2 carrots, trimmed and chopped

1/2 cup fresh or frozen and thawed peas

1 bunch scallions, chopped

1 Tbs. + 8 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, divided

2 cups short-grain brown rice

1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

3 Tbs. nutritional yeast

High-quality sea salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • Cook the asparagus in a steamer until softened, about 6-7 minutes.
  • In a separate saucepan, bring the 8 cups of vegetable broth to a boil, then reduce immediately to a simmer.
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbs. vegetable broth in a large saucepan, and begin to cook the scallions. Add the brown rice, and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add the lemon juice to the rice, and stir until it is absorbed.
  • Add 2 cups of the broth mixture to the rice and green onion mixture, stirring constantly until the liquid is absorbed. Continue adding the broth, one ladle at a time, to the mixture, and keep stirring.
  • Add carrots and continue process with broth-water mixture.
  • When the liquid is mostly absorbed and the rice is tender but still firm, remove from heat. This takes about 40-45 minutes or longer, depending on the exact variety of brown rice you are using.
  • Stir in the steamed asparagus and peas. Add the nutritional yeas, sea salt and black pepper to suit your taste and serve.