Vegan Oven Risotto with Pesto

By Keith Hubner

July 9, 2019

A fantastic and quick risotto.

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yields: 2


Vegan Oven Risotto

1 Tablespoon Olive oil

2 Large Shallots, chopped

1 Cup Arborio rice

1/2 Cup White wine, dry

2 Cups Vegetable broth

2 Tablespoons Vegan butter, I used Earth Balance

2 Tablespoons Nutritional yeast

Salt and Pepper to taste

Oil-Free Pesto

2 Cups Fresh basil

1/4 Cup Fresh chives

2 Cloves Garlic

1/4 Cup Pine nuts

3 Tablespoons Vegetable broth

Juice of 1/2 a Lemon

Pinch of Salt and pepper

For Serving

Roasted Broccoli, optional

Vegan Parmesan, I used Violife

Red pepper flakes


1Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.

2In an oven safe pot, heat the olive oil on medium high. Then add the chopped shallots.

3Saute the shallots for about 3-5 minutes or until the shallots are translucent. Reducing heat as needed.

4Then, add the arborio rice to the pot, and stir. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and saute the rice for about 2 minutes.

5Now, pour the white wine into the pot. Stir and simmer for about 3 more minutes or until most of the wine has been absorbed.

6Next, add the 2 cups of vegetable broth. Stir. Season with another pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, then put the pot into the oven.

7Bake the risotto in the oven for 15-18 minutes or until all of the broth has been absorbed and the rice is cooked.

8While the risotto is baking, make the pesto. Add all the pesto ingredients to a food processor or blender. Pulse until the pesto is smooth. You can always add another splash of vegetable broth if it is thicker than you would like. Set aside.

9When the risotto is done baking, remove it from the oven. Then stir the vegan butter and nutritional yeast into the risotto.

10Next, stir about half of the pesto into the risotto, saving the rest for topping. Then taste the risotto and adjust seasoning, adding more salt and pepper if needed.

11Serve immediately! I like to serve with roasted broccoli or crispy tofu.

I normally add baked broccoli and asparagus tips for some extra veg goodness!


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