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Risotto con Fagioli

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This classic Italian risotto with beans (fagioli) comes from Tuscany. A medium-grain rice can be substituted for arborio.

Preparation facts

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


5 cups (1.2L) chicken or vegetable broth*

1 Tbs (15g) butter

1 Tbs (15mL) olive oil

1/2 cup (90g) finely minced onion

2 plum tomatoes, chopped

1 1/2 cups (300g) arborio rice

1 cup(180g) cooked Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained if canned

1/4 cup (35g) grated Parmesan cheese*

3 Tbs (8g) chopped fresh basil or parsley

Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste (sea salt if on a corn-free diet*)


Bring broth to a steady simmer in a saucepan on stove top. Heat butter and oil in heavy 4-quart (3.8L) saucepan over moderate heat. Add onion and sauté for 1­2 minutes until it begins to soften, being careful not to brown it. Add tomatoes and cook for 3­4 minutes.

Reduce heat to a simmer and add rice. Stir for 1 minute to make sure all grains are well coated. Add 1/2 cup (120mL) simmering broth and stir until it is completely absorbed. Continue to add broth, 1/2 cup (120mL) at a time, stirring frequently until each addition is almost completely absorbed. Reserve about 1/4 cup (60mL).

After stirring approximately 18 minutes, when rice is tender but still firm, add reserved broth. Turn off heat and add beans, cheese and basil or parsley. Stir vigorously to combine with rice. Add salt and pepper, and serve immediately.

* Allergy notes: People following a corn-free diet should avoid iodized salt since it contains dextrose, which should be avoided by those allergic to corn. If you are allergic to soy, be sure the broth you choose is soy-free, as broths frequently contain hydrolized vegetable protein from soy. The egg protein lysozyme is an unlabeled additive in some cheeses. People allergic to eggs should eliminate any cheese in this recipe.

Nutrition facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Calories 340
Calories from Fat 73 (21%)
% Daily Value*
12%Total Fat 8g
15%Saturated Fat 2.9g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.9g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.7g
5%Cholesterol 15mg
19%Sodium 456mg
12%Potassium 405mg
18%Total Carbohydrate 53g
10%Dietary Fiber 2.6g
Sugars 4g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
26%Protein 13g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.
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