Sweet Pepper and Green Bean Risotto

Sweet Pepper and Green Bean Risotto Recipe
Photo: Karry Hosford

Having all of the necessary ingredients prepared before beginning a risotto is best because the dish needs constant attention once it is started.


8 servings (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 371
Caloriesfromfat 15 %
Fat 6 g
Satfat 1.7 g
Monofat 3 g
Polyfat 0.4 g
Protein 10.4 g
Carbohydrate 67.3 g
Fiber 4.1 g
Cholesterol 5 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Sodium 900 mg
Calcium 140 mg


3 1/2 cups (2-inch) cut green beans (about 3/4 pound)
2 quarts water
3 (14 1/2-ounce) cans vegetable broth
2 cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
4 cups red bell pepper strips (about 3 peppers)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 1/2 cups uncooked Arborio rice
3/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Cook beans in boiling water 4 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Rinse with cold water until cool; drain.

Combine broth and 2 cups water in a medium saucepan; bring to a simmer (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add bell pepper, thyme, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Add rice; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium. Add wine and saffron; cook 2 minutes or until wine is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add 1 cup of broth mixture; cook 4 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add remaining broth mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of broth mixture is absorbed before adding the next (about 25 minutes total). Stir in beans; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat; stir in cheese, juice, salt, and black pepper. Serve immediately.

Martha Rose Shulman,

Cooking Light

April 2004
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