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Low-carb cauliflower risotto

Low carb cauliflower risotto - this super cheesy recipe is absolutely irresistible, whether you're following a low-carb diet or not!

I love experimenting with different kinds of food. I make vegan recipes even though I’m not vegan, I make gluten-free recipes even though I’m not gluten-free, and I make low-carb recipes even though I bloomin’ love pasta. Why not? It’s a fun challenge, and I love all kinds of food (perhaps a bit too much).

You might know about my obsession with using cauliflower to make tasty low-carb versions of my favourite carby dishes (I know – me and every other person on the internet), and one recipe I hadn’t attempted yet was a low-carb risotto. It seems totally counter-intuitive, but if I can make a successful low-carb fried rice, why not risotto!

Of course, this isn’t a real risotto by any stretch of the imagination. There’s no rice… which is kind of integral to a risotto. It’s in the name. I’m under no illusions here – it’s not a real risotto if there’s no rice.

But, if you’re anything like me, your favourite part of a risotto is the gooey sauce and the massive handful of cheese you add at the end – and this low-carb version has cheese in bucketloads!

Low carb cauliflower risotto - this super cheesy recipe is absolutely irresistible, whether you're following a low-carb diet or not!

This cauliflower risotto is also a lot quicker to make than the usual version. Just blend your cauliflower into ‘rice’, fry it off a little to give it a wonderful toasty flavour (you want to see little flecks of golden brown appearing through the rice), then add heaps of cheese. Heaps and heaps. I said low-carb, not low-cheese.

Low carb cauliflower risotto - this super cheesy recipe is absolutely irresistible, whether you're following a low-carb diet or not!

You could experiment with making this cauliflower risotto in all kinds of flavours. I kept mine super simple with just some chives to add a pop of freshness, but I’m dreaming up all sorts of other types. My ultimate risotto is a simple mushroom and parsley version, so that’s probably what I’ll try next. The sky’s the low-carb limit!

Just lookit. It’s enough to make you cry.

(or maybe just me)

Low carb cauliflower risotto - this super cheesy recipe is absolutely irresistible, whether you're following a low-carb diet or not!

Convinced yet?

Low carb cauliflower risotto - this super cheesy recipe is absolutely irresistible, whether you're following a low-carb diet or not!

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Low-carb cauliflower risotto

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main meal
Servings: 1
Calories:
Author: Becca Heyes

Ingredients

  • 400 g cauliflower (~ 1/2 large head)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 50 g cheddar cheese, grated (~ 1/2 cup when grated)
  • 60 g grated mozzarella (~ 1/2 cup)
  • 75 ml milk (~ 1/4 cup)
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  • Add the cauliflower to a food processor, and blitz until it resembles rice.
  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan, and add the cauliflower 'rice'. Cook over a fairly high heat for several minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower starts to turn golden brown. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Turn the heat down to medium-low, and add the cheddar, mozzarella, milk, and half of the chives. Mix well until the cheeses have melted.
  • Season generously, and serve topped with the remaining chives.

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Note: nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose.

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Doreena

Sunday 6th of November 2016

In the nutrition label you provided it states that there is over 600 calories in a serving...is that right or is that the total calories in the entire recipe

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Monday 7th of November 2016

Hi Doreena, the recipe only serves one anyway, so it's both!

Isa

Friday 9th of October 2015

Hi :) I would love to try this recipe soon but...I have a question (maybe a stupid one haha)

Isn't this recipe a bit too caloric? Is it safe to introduce it on my vegetarian weight loss diet?

It looks absolutely delicious anyways hihi :p

Thank you in advance! xx

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Friday 9th of October 2015

Hi Isa, not all my recipes are designed to be low calorie ;) Just like with any diet, it's possible to eat really healthily on a vegetarian diet, or less healthily. This isn't necessarily one of the healthy ones :P If you're specifically aiming to lose weight, there are probably better recipes out there for you. BUT, it is possible to eat anything you like and still lose weight, as long as you make sure it's not putting you over your calorie allowance for the day.

Nicki Escudero

Saturday 20th of June 2015

Hi, Becca, I made this last night, and it was delicious! Great low-carb idea, and totally yummy! Thanks, as always, for your fabulous recipes! Nicki

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Monday 22nd of June 2015

Thanks Nicki, glad you liked it! :)

Cardinal

Sunday 14th of June 2015

Simple and healthy!

Hannah

Thursday 4th of June 2015

This looks incredible - I was fascinated by the idea and then totally sold on all the cheese!

I've recently been drawn into the idea of using cauliflower to substitute carbiness (I attempted a cauliflower pizza base and was really impressed by it) but my food processor isn't really good enough to blitz up the cauliflower - could you recommend a reasonably-priced one that actually works for that purpose?

Brilliant recipe, as always :)

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Thursday 4th of June 2015

Actually to be honest, my food processor is a hand-me-down from my grandma!! I do have a mini one which I really like (I think it's just called the Kenwood Mini Chopper), but since it's only small you'd need to do cauliflower in a few batches. Sorry I can't be more help!

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