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Cheesy Low-Carb Risotto

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Cauliflower is one of the staples in my kitchen. You can use it instead of rice, in a delicious grain-free pizza base and even instead of potatoes to make this creamy mash.

Apart from making cauli-rice, there are several ways you can use this healthy cruciferous vegetable in low-carb recipes! Cauliflower can be used instead of potatoes in recipes such as cauli-mash, potato salad and even potato gratin. So versatile!

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Serving size about 1 1/2 cups

Allergy information for Cheesy Low-Carb Risotto

✔  Gluten free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, about 1 1/2 cups)

Net carbs8.1 grams
Protein16.8 grams
Fat28.8 grams
Calories367 kcal
Calories from carbs 9%, protein 19%, fat 72%
Total carbs12.1 gramsFiber4 gramsSugars4.5 gramsSaturated fat16.8 gramsSodium501 mg(22% RDA)Magnesium48 mg(12% RDA)Potassium676 mg(34% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 6 cups Cauli-rice - about 1 medium cauliflower (720 g/ 1.6 lb / 25.4 oz)
  • 1/4 cup ghee or butter (55 g/ 1.9 oz)
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped (70 g/ 1.9 oz)
  • 1 cup chicken stock or vegetable stock (240 ml/ 8 fl oz)
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard (you can make your own)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (110 g/ 4 oz)
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese or any hard Italian-style cheese (60 g/ 2.1 oz)
  • 2-4 tbsp freshly chopped chives, parsley or spring onion
  • sea salt, to taste


  1. Make the cauliflower rice by following this recipe. Do not cook the cauli-rice. Cheesy Low-Carb Risotto
    For best results, use the grating blade or the S blade of your food processor to create rice-like shapes. Cheesy Low-Carb Risotto
  2. Grease a large pan with ghee or butter. Once hot, add the finely chopped onion and cook over a medium heat until lightly browned. Cheesy Low-Carb Risotto
  3. Add the cauli-rice and mix well.
    Cheesy Low-Carb Risotto
  4. Cook for just a few minutes and pour in the chicken stock (or vegetable stock). Cook for another 5 minutes or until the cauli-rice is crisp-tender. Meanwhile, grate the cheddar and parmesan cheese. Cheesy Low-Carb Risotto
  5. Add the mustard, stir and take off the heat. Cheesy Low-Carb Risotto
  6. Add the grated cheese and mix well. Keep some parmesan cheese for garnish. Add the freshly chopped chives and also keep some for garnish. Season with salt to taste if needed. Cheesy Low-Carb Risotto
  7. Place the "risotto" into serving bowls and top with the remaining parmesan cheese and chives. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Cheesy Low-Carb Risotto

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, about 1 1/2 cups)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Cauliflower rice, homemade (cauli-rice, KetoDiet app)
5.3 g3.5 g0.5 g45 kcal
0 g0 g13.8 g125 kcal
Onion, white, fresh
1.3 g0.2 g0 g7 kcal
Chicken stock (broth), chicken only, homemade
0 g1.2 g1.2 g16 kcal
Dijon mustard
0 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Cheddar cheese
0.9 g6.5 g9.4 g114 kcal
Parmesan cheese
0.5 g5.4 g3.9 g59 kcal
Chives, fresh
0.1 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Total per serving, about 1 1/2 cups
8.1 g16.8 g28.8 g367 kcal

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Martina Slajerova

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (12)

If I wanted to cut down on the protein, would you suggest cutting the cheeses to 1/2 cup each?

If you need to reduce the protein, then you do need to reduce the amount of cheese or use a higher-fat, lower protein cheese such as cheddar instead of Parmesan.

this recipe states that it makes 4 servings, please tell me what is the typical serving amount?

Hi Gia, I'm sorry but I don't have the exact amount (I didn't weigh/measure it). I just divided it between 4 bowls.

Hi! Great blog, thank you for posting all these helpful tips. Just had a quick question, regarding the creamy risotto recipe and was wondering if the cauliflower could be replaced instead because the taste of cauliflower doesn't sit well on my pallet. Or if you had other alternatives that'll also be helpful. thank you in advance!

Hi Katya, I've seen people using hemp seeds instead of cauliflower - you could give them a try. Or you could try shirataki rice (similar to the noodles: How To Cook & Like Shirataki Noodles). I hope this helps!

I'm new here and I absolutely love your website and app.
I tried this recipe today and it turned out great. I will be preparing this regularly!

Thank you, glad you liked it! 😊

Thanks for another veggie recipe and keep up the great work!

Thank you 😊

Love this! Made it with some ground turkey and it was absolutely delicious! Making it again 😉

Thanks Kat!