Faux Mushroom Risotto Recipe - Vegetarian Italian Delight

Faux Mushroom Risotto

Faux Mushroom Risotto Recipe - Vegetarian Italian Delight
Region / culture: Italy | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes | Servings: 3 | Vegetarian diet


Faux Mushroom Risotto
Faux Mushroom Risotto

Faux Mushroom Risotto is a delicious and low-carb alternative to traditional risotto, using cauliflower instead of rice. This dish is creamy, flavorful, and perfect for those looking to cut back on carbohydrates without sacrificing taste.


This recipe is a modern twist on the classic Italian dish, risotto. By substituting cauliflower for rice, this dish becomes a healthier and lighter option for those watching their carb intake.


How to prepare

  1. Process the cauliflower in a food processor until it resembles grains of rice.
  2. Melt the butter in a frying pan.
  3. Lightly sauté the garlic and mushrooms.
  4. Add the cauliflower and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Cook over medium heat for 8 minutes.
  6. Add the Parmesan cheese and cook for a few more minutes.
  7. Pour in the heavy cream and cook for another few minutes.
  8. Serve the dish, which yields 3 servings with 6 carbs, 3 g of fiber, 230 calories, 20 g of fat, and 8 g of protein.


  • Add in cooked chicken, shrimp, or tofu for added protein.
  • Stir in some fresh herbs like parsley or basil for extra flavor.
  • Use different types of mushrooms for a variety of textures and flavors.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to cook the cauliflower until it is tender but still has a slight bite to it, similar to al dente rice.

- Use fresh mushrooms for the best flavor, but you can also use canned or dried mushrooms if fresh is not available.

- Feel free to add in other vegetables or proteins to customize this dish to your liking.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Faux Mushroom Risotto as a main dish with a side salad or roasted vegetables for a complete meal.

Cooking Techniques

The key to making Faux Mushroom Risotto is to cook the cauliflower until it is tender but still has a slight bite to it, similar to al dente rice. This will ensure that the dish has the right texture and consistency.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you are lactose intolerant or vegan, you can use dairy-free alternatives such as vegan butter, nutritional yeast, and coconut cream in place of the butter, Parmesan cheese, and heavy cream.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the cauliflower rice and sautéed mushrooms ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator until ready to finish the dish. This will save you time when you are ready to cook.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish the Faux Mushroom Risotto with fresh herbs, a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil for a beautiful and appetizing presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair Faux Mushroom Risotto with a crisp white wine like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc for a perfect match.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Faux Mushroom Risotto contains 230 calories.


Each serving of Faux Mushroom Risotto contains 6 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Faux Mushroom Risotto contains 20 grams of fat.


Each serving of Faux Mushroom Risotto contains 8 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Cauliflower is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. Mushrooms are rich in B vitamins, selenium, and potassium.


This recipe contains dairy (butter, Parmesan cheese, heavy cream) and may not be suitable for those with dairy allergies.


Faux Mushroom Risotto is a low-carb, creamy dish that is high in fat and protein, making it a satisfying and delicious meal option.


Faux Mushroom Risotto is a delicious and satisfying dish that is perfect for those looking to cut back on carbohydrates without sacrificing taste. With its creamy texture and flavorful mushrooms, this dish is sure to become a new favorite in your recipe rotation.

How did I get this recipe?

It feels like just yesterday when I stumbled upon this recipe for Faux Mushroom Risotto. I remember it like it was yesterday - the warm summer day when I was visiting my friend Eleanor in the countryside. We were sitting in her sun-drenched kitchen, sipping on freshly brewed tea and chatting about our favorite recipes.

Eleanor had just returned from a trip to Italy and was raving about the delicious risotto she had tried there. She mentioned that she had been experimenting with a vegetarian version using mushrooms instead of the traditional meat or seafood. Intrigued, I asked her to show me how to make it.

She eagerly agreed and we spent the afternoon in her kitchen, chopping mushrooms, stirring Arborio rice, and adding ladlefuls of simmering vegetable broth. As the risotto cooked, the aroma of garlic, onions, and mushrooms filled the air, making my mouth water in anticipation.

Once the risotto was ready, Eleanor plated it up and we sat down to enjoy our creation. The first bite was pure bliss - creamy, flavorful, and satisfying. I couldn't believe that something so simple could be so delicious.

After that day, I became obsessed with perfecting my own version of Faux Mushroom Risotto. I experimented with different types of mushrooms - shiitake, cremini, and portobello - to find the perfect combination of flavors. I tried adding fresh herbs like thyme and rosemary for a fragrant touch, and grated Parmesan cheese for a creamy finish.

I also learned a few tips and tricks along the way. I discovered that the key to a perfect risotto is patience - stirring constantly, adding broth gradually, and allowing the rice to absorb the liquid slowly. I also learned that using homemade vegetable broth made a world of difference in the final dish.

Over the years, I've made Faux Mushroom Risotto countless times for family gatherings, dinner parties, and quiet nights at home. Each time, it brings back memories of that sunny day in Eleanor's kitchen and the joy of discovering a new recipe.

One of my favorite memories of making Faux Mushroom Risotto was when my grandchildren came over for a visit. They were skeptical at first, as they were used to traditional Italian risotto with meat or seafood. But once they took their first bite, their faces lit up with delight.

"Grandma, this is amazing!" my granddaughter exclaimed, reaching for a second helping.

"I can't believe there's no meat in this," my grandson added, his mouth full of creamy rice and mushrooms.

I smiled proudly, knowing that I had passed on a love for cooking and experimenting with new recipes to the next generation. It was moments like these that made all the years of cooking and learning worth it.

As I sit here now, writing down the recipe for Faux Mushroom Risotto, I can't help but feel grateful for all the people who have inspired me along the way. From Eleanor and her Italian adventures to my grandchildren and their adventurous palates, each person has left a mark on my culinary journey.

So here it is - my recipe for Faux Mushroom Risotto, inspired by a sunny day in Eleanor's kitchen and a lifetime of learning and experimenting. I hope that it brings as much joy to you and your loved ones as it has to me. Bon appétit!


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