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Baked Pesto Risotto
with kale and pear salad

Active: 20 min Total: 40 min

We need to thank Carolina C. for suggesting the genius idea of baking risotto in our Facebook group. Enjoy this great Italian dish without the laborious stirring, making it a much easier weeknight dish. Our paleo version features spaghetti squash instead. Both use up the remainder of that artichoke-spinach pesto for a totally restaurant worthy dinner!

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Baked Risotto with Aritchoke-Spinach Pesto:
  • Onions - 1, diced
  • Parsley - 1/4 bunch, chopped
  • Cooking oil - 2 Tbsp
  • Arborio rice - 1 cup
  • White wine - 2/3 cup
  • Chicken stock - 3 1/2 cups
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Peas - 1 1/2 cups
  • Leftover artichoke-spinach pesto - 3/4 cup
  • Lemon - 1/2, juice of
  • Parmesan cheese - 2 oz, grated
Pear and Kale Salad:
  • Kale - ~1 bunch, leaves of
  • Shallots - 1/2 bulb, diced
  • Pears - 2, sliced
  • Balsamic vinegar - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Dijon mustard - 1 tsp
  • Maple syrup - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Cooking oil - 3 Tbsp ((like grapeseed, vegetable, or avocado))
  • Walnuts - 1/4 cup

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Prep

  1. Onions / Parsley / Kale - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

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Make

  1. Preheat oven to 425F (218C) degrees.
  2. Heat a saute pan (that you have a lid for) over medium-high heat. Add oil and then onions to heated oil with a dash of salt. Saute until softened, ~3 minutes. Next add arborio rice stir until rice gets a golden hint. Add in white wine and stir until absorbed.
  3. Stir in chicken stock and salt and bring to a boil. Cover and transfer to oven. Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  4. While risotto is baking, dice shallots and slice pears. Whisk together shallots, balsamic, Dijon, maple syrup and oil and dress kale leaves in vinaigrette.
  5. Transfer pan from oven to stovetop. Make sure to keep a kitchen towel over the handle of your pan to remind you that it's hot and came out of a hot oven! Return to a low heat and stir in peas and pesto and finish with a squeeze of lemon juice. Divide into bowls and serve with parmesan and parsley. Toss pear and walnuts into salad and serve alongside risotto. If you still have some prosciutto left, you can chop it up and put it in your salad too.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (75)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (3)
Vegetarian (5)

39 reviews

Agree with everyone that this is a keeper! I messed up the risotto and it still was delish. Kale salad was yummy too!! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

By: Diane
Posted: Sep 06, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

it was good, but some additional protein would've been good.

By: Anastasia
Posted: Feb 16, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

A little salty, but overall very good! Pesto was unique but quite good.

By: Kelsey
Posted: Jan 18, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I didn't make the salad, but the risotto was good. I didn't know risotto could be made so easily, and this recipe can be easily adapted too. Tasty.

By: Amanda
Posted: Dec 15, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I hate peas so I put broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower in the risotto instead. It was delicious! My husband loved the kale salad so much he wanted to have it again the next night. Update: I've made this a few more times in various ways, such as adding tomato sauce instead of pesto, using different veggies, etc. It's a quick, easy, filling meal with leftovers. This is also one of our favorite salads on the site, we've made it several times.

By: Allison
Posted: Sep 03, 2014
Diet: Vegetarian
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Works great in a rice cooker too! I cooked the onions the day before and put them in the fridge. Added the rice, onions, wine and stock to the rice cooker and cooked on the white rice setting. Added the peas and the pesto and it came out perfect! Big hit with the toddler too :)

By: Jessica
Posted: Jun 06, 2014
Diet: Original
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