Green "Wave" Risotto

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Rice cooked in a broth with an arugula and parsley coulis.

Adding a bit of cold butter to a risotto at the end of cooking makes it plumper, creamier, and looser so that it forms "waves". We call it a «risotto all'onda». The green colour here adds to the impression of fields of green. In this lactose-free version, butter is replaced by margarine.

Preparation : 10 min Cooking : 20 min
370 calories/serving
  • Easy
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Nuts & Peanuts Free
  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • Kid-friendly


1/2 bunch arugula 80 g
2 tbsp Italian parsley, fresh 10 g
2 tbsp chervil [optional] 5 g
1/4 cup water 65 mL
1 pinch nutmeg
ground pepper to taste [optional]
1/2 onions, finely chopped 100 g
1 1/2 cup chicken broth, approximately 375 mL
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil 23 mL
3/4 cup arborio rice 150 g
3 1/2 tsp margarine non-hydrogenated 16 g
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.2 g

Before you start

A blender or food processor will be very useful to purée the arugula. The quantities given here are based on this recipe served as main course.


  1. Clean the arugula, parsley, and chervil: discard any withered leaves and any tough parts, then wash rapidly, but carefully, without letting them soak in water. Drain the leaves, then transfer them to a blender. Add the water, nutmeg, and pepper to taste. Mix 2 min, until a green purée is obtained. Set aside.
  2. Finely chop the onion. Heat the broth in a small saucepan on the stove or in a microwave oven. Keep it warm while cooking the risotto (which will take about 20 min).
  3. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the onion and sauté 2-3 min, until translucent, then add the rice. Toast the grains 1-2 min (until translucent), with constant stirring.
  4. Cook the risotto, using the warmed broth until the rice is creamy but still al dente, about 20 min, then stir in the green purée, adding it in 2 or 3 portions. Remove the saucepan from the heat, then whisk in the margarine. Let stand for 2 min. Season with salt (not much if the broth is salty) and pepper to taste.
  5. Spoon the risotto into dishes and serve.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 serving (180g)


% Daily Value




12 g

18 %

Saturated 1.7 g
+ Trans 0 g

9 %


0 mg


10 mg

0 %


66 g

22 %


2 g

7 %


2 g

Net Carbs

64 g


6 g

Vitamin A

16 %

Vitamin C

14 %


5 %


8 %


This recipe is :
Free  :
Added Sugar
Excellent source of  :
Vitamin K
Good source of  :
Selenium, Vitamin A
Source of  :
Calcium, Copper, Folacin, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Omega-3, Phosphorus, Potassium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Zinc
Low  :


1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Vegetables 1
Fats 2 ½

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Vegetables | Rice/Grain | Main courses/Entrées | Source of Omega-3 | Kosher | Halal | Low Sodium | Italian