Creamy Brown Rice Risotto

Creamy Brown Rice Risotto

Nutritional Facts
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¼ of the recipe
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Total Time: 25 minutes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
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This lactose-free creamy brown rice risotto recipe, made with LACTAID® Reduced Fat 2% Lactose-Free Milk, is adapted from Melissa D’Arabian's new book, SUPERMARKET HEALTHY. We use instant whole-grain brown rice in this recipe to cut the preparation time in half! Try stirring in rotisserie chicken or browned ham to turn this side dish into a main course.


2 teaspoons unsalted butter or canola oil

1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 ⅓ cups instant whole-grain brown rice

1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth

⅔ cup LACTAID® Reduced Fat 2% Lactose-Free Milk, plus more if needed

⅓ cup grated Monterey Jack cheese*

  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and salt and reduce the heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the brown rice, reduce the heat to medium-low, then add the broth ½ cup at a time, stirring between each addition and waiting to add the next addition until most of the liquid is absorbed (but the skillet is not dry—when you drag a spoon through the rice and liquid, the spoon should leave a trail that doesn’t fill in immediately).
  3. Once all the liquid is added, after about 10 minutes, add the LACTAID® milk and continue to cook until the rice is just al dente in the center, about 4 minutes. If the risotto seems dry, add an additional tablespoon or two of LACTAID® Reduced Fat 2% Lactose-Free Milk or water.
  4. Turn off the heat and stir in all but 2 tablespoons of the cheese. Transfer the rice to a bowl and serve sprinkled with the remaining cheese and serve.

*⅓ cup grated Monterey Jack cheese provides less than 0.5grams of lactose.
Reprinted from Supermarket Healthy: Recipes and Know-How for Eating Well Without Spending a Lot.
Copyright © 2014 by Melissa d’Arabian.
Photographs © 2014 by Tina Rupp. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House LLC.

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