Creamy Quinoa Risotto

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Just as creamy and delicious as traditional risotto…but it’s actually healthy!


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 5 cups chicken broth, or as needed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste


Rinse quinoa twice and drain well.

Pour chicken broth into a saucepan; bring to a boil.

Melt butter in a separate saucepan over medium-high heat; saute onion and garlic until onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Stir quinoa into onion mixture; cook, stirring frequently, until quinoa is toasted and coated in oil, about 3 minutes.

Slowly pour wine over quinoa mixture; cook and stir until wine is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Ladle 1/2 cup chicken broth over quinoa mixture; cook, stirring frequently, until absorbed, 3 to 5 minutes. Continue ladling broth, 1/2 cup at a time, over quinoa mixture; cook, stirring frequently, until quinoa is tender and has burst, about 20 minutes. You may not use all the chicken broth.

Mix Parmesan cheese and cream into quinoa mixture; season with marjoram, thyme, salt, and pepper. Add a splash of chicken broth to make quinoa more creamy, if desired.

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Servings: 4 – Yield: 4 side-dish servings



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