Green Risotto Recipe

A fresh fragrant Green Risotto Recipe perfect for holiday dinners! The dazzling color and zesty flavor make any meal feel like a celebration.

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The very first time I tasted Green Risotto was in a small family-owned restaurant in Florence, Italy.

It was one of the few restaurants we found in Florence that did not cater to tourists. No english on the menu. No english-speaking waiters. No pizza, spaghetti, or meatballs available.

Just true Italian comfort food, without apology. We absolutely loved it!

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After trying to make out the menu with our limited Italian vocabularies, we glanced around the restaurant and ended up ordering by pointing at what looked good on other tables.

The Pappa al Pomodoro was a standout, along with the Risotto Verde, a vibrant green risotto recipe loaded with intense herb flavor.

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Of course, I had to come home and make both so we could enjoy them whenever we pleased.

I especially love serving green risotto at Christmas time!

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This Green Risotto Recipe is rich and creamy with a nutty essence from parmesan cheese and a bold fresh herbaceous quality.

The color and flavor come from fresh spinach leaves, parsley, and basil, pureed into vegetable broth before cooking.

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Then the broth is added to the arborio rice, little by little, so that it slowly absorbs into the rice and creates a silky green sauce.

This Green Risotto Recipe makes a marvelous platform for holiday dinners with a slice of prime beef or bacon wrapped tenderloin over the top.

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You can also serve it with earthy sautéed mushrooms for a vegetarian main course this season.

If you like rice, cheese, and fresh herbs you are going to LOVE this dish!

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Green Risotto Recipe

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

A classic Italian risotto recipe using spinach, parsley and basil to turn the rice green while cooking. It makes a great holiday dish!

Servings: 8
Nutrition Facts
Green Risotto Recipe
Amount Per Serving (0.75 cup)
Calories 355 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 898mg 37%
Potassium 335mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 0g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 37.2%
Vitamin C 32.8%
Calcium 19.2%
Iron 19.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 scallions, greens and whites chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh packed spinach leaves
  • 1 cup packed fresh parsley
  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 6 cups chicken broth, room temperature (vegetable broth for vegetarians)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Place the spinach, parsley, basil, and garlic in the blender. Add 4 cups of broth and puree until very smooth.
  2. Add the butter and oil to a large sauté pan. Melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the chopped scallions and sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in the rice and sauté another 2 minutes. Then add the wine, along with 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper.
  3. Stir and simmer until the wine has absorbed. Add one cup of broth at a time to the rice, starting with the 2 cups of broth not added to the blender. With each addition of broth, stir the rice and allow it to simmer until the broth is absorbed before adding more. Make sure to incorporate all the green herb broth in the blender. This process will take about 25 minutes.
  4. Once you’ve added the last of the green broth and the rice is tender, but still firm, stir in the shredded parmesan cheese. Turn off the heat before the last round of broth is fully absorbed so the risotto is a little soupy. It will firm up as it cools. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve warm.

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16 comments on “Green Risotto Recipe

  1. Marissaposted March 25, 2019 at 9:09 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness!! I’ve been searching for a recipe similar to this! We had some amazing green risotto at a resort outside of Barcelona that looked very similar to this!! I can’t wait to try it!! 

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  3. Allieposted December 30, 2017 at 3:21 pm Reply

    I have been searching for a recipe like this for almost 2 years now, ever since I traveled to Florence in October of 2015!!!!! I was so excited when I stumbled upon this, and even more excited when I read your story. I think we ate at the same little restaurant in Florence!!!! What a coincidence! I have been dying to make a copycat of this amazing meal but haven’t had any clue where to start. Thank you so much for creating this recipe. I can’t wait to make it.

    Here’s what my risotto looked like from the restaurant:

    Thank you again. Happy 2018!!!!

    • Sommerposted January 9, 2018 at 9:44 pm Reply

      HI Allie!

      That’s so great, I’m glad you found us. Let me know what you think!

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  5. Lisa Bradyposted December 27, 2015 at 8:04 pm Reply

    Hi Sommer, Made this for Christmas dinner.  Flavors were wonderful.  Thank you for the inspiration.  The color was not as vibrant as I would have liked after cooking.  Do you have any tips on keeping the vibrant herby green color? 

    • Sommerposted December 28, 2015 at 11:01 pm Reply

      So glad you liked it! As for the color… Hmmm. I always add the last cup of green broth right at the end and then turn the heat off before it’s all the way absorbed. The color is always fairly vibrant. Is it possible your herbs were a little old?

  6. Lisa @ The Cooking Brideposted December 27, 2015 at 5:04 pm Reply

    I love finding restaurants off the beaten path when I travel. A good creamy Risotto be beat. I’m looking forward to trying this!

  7. Gaby Dalkinposted December 23, 2015 at 6:40 pm Reply

    herbaceous might be my favorite new world. this sound absolutely delicious!

  8. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted December 23, 2015 at 11:24 am Reply

    What an amazing risotto! Love the spinach, basil and parsley combo!

  9. Marla Meridithposted December 23, 2015 at 11:04 am Reply

    Beautiful Risotto!

  10. Heather Christoposted December 23, 2015 at 10:24 am Reply

    Really beautiful Sommer!

  11. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted December 23, 2015 at 9:39 am Reply

    The color?! These flavors!! I love the basil on over drive here!

  12. sippitysupposted December 22, 2015 at 7:07 pm Reply

    The color is vibrant I am sure it was easy to admire from across the restaurant. Of course I’d rather spy it across my dinner table. GREG

  13. Meganposted December 22, 2015 at 10:33 am Reply

    This is why traveling is so amazing! It’s so different from what I’m used to thinking Italian food is. Thanks for sharing, this looks amazing.

  14. Lizposted December 22, 2015 at 8:02 am Reply

    Thank you and Happy Holidays.