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Baked Risotto with Spinach and Cremini Mushrooms

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Baked Risotto with Spinach and Cremini Mushrooms

Baked Risotto with Spinach and Cremini Mushrooms

Jessica Braider
Perfect risotto without having to stir it for 30 minutes straight! This is a wonderful version, adapted from Scramble fan Debbie Lehrich's recipe. If you prefer a meatier dish, use 2 cups diced cooked chicken or turkey sausage instead of the mushrooms.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
  • 6 oz. baby spinach
  • 24 oz. reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 8 oz. sliced cremini or baby bella mushrooms
  • 1/4 tsp. salt-free lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese plus extra for serving
  • 1 Tbsp. sherry (optional but great)


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or large oven-proof stockpot over medium heat. Add the onions and cook them for about 5 minutes or until they are tender. 
  • Add the rice and stir to coat it.
  • Stir in the spinach, broth, mushrooms and lemon pepper. Bring it to a boil and simmer it for 7 minutes.
  • Stir in 3/4 cup cheese, and then sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup cheese on top. Cover the pot and bake it for 25 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the oven, stir in the sherry (optional), and return it to the oven for 5 more minutes, uncovered. Serve it immediately, topped with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.


Do Ahead or Delegate: Chop the onion. Slice the mushrooms and grate the cheese, if necessary.
Scramble Flavor Booster: Add 1 – 2 cloves minced garlic with the onions, and double the lemon pepper seasoning.
Tip: Arborio rice is short-grain Italian rice used for making risotto. It is not to be confused with orzo, which is actually a rice-shaped noodle.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values)
Calories 210, Total Fat: 9g, 14%; Saturated Fat: 4g, 18%; Cholesterol: 10mg, 3%; Sodium: 350mg, 15%; Total Carbohydrate: 23g, 8%; Dietary Fiber: 3g, 12%; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 10g
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Keyword Company/Entertaining, Dinner, Fall, Gluten-Free, Holidays/Special Events, Kosher, Main Dish, Nut-Free, Vegetarian, Winter
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