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Baked Vegetable Risotto with Asparagus and Spinach - A family favorite! | Gluten Free | Meatless | Vegetarian | Side Dish
Baked Vegetable Risotto with Asparagus and Spinach
Prep Time
8 mins
Cook Time
52 mins
Total Time
1 hr
A delicious family favorite! This recipe makes a 9x13 pan and freeze/reheats well. Meatless and gluten free.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian-American
Keyword: gluten free, risotto, vegetable risotto
Servings: 8 -12
Calories: 328 kcal
Author: Cooking with Mamma C
  • 1 large white onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups uncooked Arborio rice
  • 8 ounces fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 quart chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (divided use, plus extra for serving)
  • 1 bunch asparagus (14 ounces, preferably thin stalks)
  • red pepper flakes for serving
  1. Heat your oven to 400 degrees F. Peel your onion and finely chop it. (You will end up with about 2 cups of chopped onion; don't use any more than that.)
  2. In a 5-quart pot, heat your olive oil on medium-high. Add the chopped onion and give it a stir to coat it with the oil. Let the onion cook for about five minutes, or until tender.
  3. Stir in your rice until it's combined. Then, stir in your spinach, stock, salt and pepper. Cover the pot and bring it to a simmer. When it starts to simmer, uncover the pot and cook the mixture for seven minutes.
  4. While the pot is simmering, grate your Parmesan, if needed. (I throw chunks of cheese in my blender.) After the pot has simmered for seven minutes, stir in 1/2 cup of your Parmesan.
  5. Transfer the rice mixture to a glass 9x13 pan. Cover the pan with foil and bake it for 15 minutes.
  6. While the risotto is baking, rinse your asparagus and cut off the tough bottoms (cut off and discard the bottom two inches.) Cut the remaining stalks into 1-inch pieces.
  7. After the risotto has baked for 15 minutes, stir in your asparagus pieces. Sprinkle your remaining 1/2 cup of Parmesan over the top. Cover the pan again and bake it an additional 20 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed.
  8. Serve the risotto with red pepper flakes, additional Parmesan, and extra salt, if needed. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to four days, or freeze them. The risotto reheats well in the microwave.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Cooking Light. I used stock instead of broth for more flavor, omitted the nutmeg, added pepper and doubled the recipe to make it in a 9x13. If you want to make half of this recipe, you can use a Dutch oven from start to finish.
The 9x13 recipe serves 12 as a side dish or 8 as an entrée.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Vegetable Risotto with Asparagus and Spinach
Amount Per Serving
Calories 328 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 481mg21%
Potassium 456mg13%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 3140IU63%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 187mg19%
Iron 4.3mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.