Creamy Kohlrabi Risotto (Vegan, Gluten Free, Vegetarian)

This creamy kohlrabi risotto is a great way to use up extra veggies from the garden!  Light and flavorful this risotto is great for lunch or dinner.

One of my favorite things about getting a Veggie Box subscription (aside from all the amazing fresh local produce) is the surprise of not knowing what is inside!  This week we got some beautiful bulbs of kohlrabi in there… and I was a little nervous since I’ve never had it before and had no idea what to expect. 

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After searching around for some recipes (I looked at everything from baked kohlrabi to kohlrabi fritters to mashed kohlrabi with potatoes) I settled on a risotto because I through it would be a great vehicle for both the root and the greens.  Not to mention I always keep a supply of arborio rice in the pantry since risottos are pretty much a weekly menu item for us 🙂

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And it turned out to be so amazing!  I definitely am a huge fan of kohlrabi now and am looking forward to cooking it in new ways in the future.  It’s so flavorful, slightly cabbage tasting but really hearty and a bit starchy.   Definitely unique!

This Kohlrabi Risotto Is:

  • Creamy
  • Savory
  • Hearty
  • Light
  • Vegan
  • Healthy
  • Nutritious

IMG_20180620_175525The only downside to this risotto is that it took 3 pots to cook: one for the risotto, one to sautee the greens, and one to simmer the broth.  But clean up was actually pretty easy since the greens only needed about 8-10 minutes on the stove.  Would 10/10 definitely make this risotto again!

It was an easy way to use the whole kohlrabi and not waste any produce.

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How Do I Make Kohlrabi Risotto?

  1. Clean the kohlrabi:  Wash, remove the leaves, roughly chop them, and set aside.  Begin by peeling the bulb with your hards and then use a vegetable peeler to remove the rest of the outer layer from the root.  Dice the root of the kohlrabi.
  2. In a medium pot, heat the vegetable stock bring to a simmer with the lid on.  Turn to low heat.
  3. In a medium pan, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and sauce the greens for 8-10 minutes on low with a pinch of salt.
  4. In a large pot, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and sauce the garlic, onions, and kohlrabi root for 10 minutes until they begin to soften.  Add the arborio rice and sauté for an additional 5 minutes until rice begins to brown slightly.  Stir constantly so the rice doesn’t burn.  Add the white wine to the mix, stir, and cook for another 5 minutes.  Add salt and pepper.
  5. Remove the greens from the pan and add them to the kohlrabi rice.
  6. Add one ladleful of vegetable stock at a time to the kohlrabi rice (about half cup) stirring the rice slowly.  Once the stock has been absorbed add another ladleful, stirring constantly.  Repeat for about 45-60 minutes until rice has absorbed all the stock and becomes thick and creamy.

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Creamy Kohlrabi Risotto (Vegan, Gluten Free, Vegetarian)

This creamy kohlrabi risotto is a great way to use the root and greens from your kohlrabi! Light and flavorful this risotto is a great way to use garden vegetables.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 2 heads of kohlrabi with the leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 6 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 6 cups of vegetable stock or broth
  • 1.5 cups of arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Clean the kohlrabi: Wash, remove the leaves, roughly chop them, and set aside. Begin by peeling the bulb with your hards and then use a vegetable peeler to remove the rest of the outer layer from the root. Dice the root of the kohlrabi.
  • In a medium pot, heat the vegetable stock bring to a simmer with the lid on. Turn to low heat.
  • In a medium pan, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and sauce the greens for 8-10 minutes on low with a pinch of salt.
  • In a large pot, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and sauce the garlic, onions, and kohlrabi root for 10 minutes until they begin to soften. Add the arborio rice and sauté for an additional 5 minutes until rice begins to brown slightly. Stir constantly so the rice doesn’t burn. Add the white wine to the mix, stir, and cook for another 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper.
  • Remove the greens from the pan and add them to the kohlrabi rice.
  • Add one ladleful of vegetable stock at a time to the kohlrabi rice (about half cup) stirring the rice slowly. Once the stock has been absorbed add another ladleful, stirring constantly. Repeat for about 45-60 minutes until rice has absorbed all the stock and becomes thick and creamy.
Keyword Arborio Rice, Garlic, Kohlrabi, kohlrabi recipes, kohlrabi risotto, Onions, White Wine
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