Creamy Quinoa Risotto Recipe

This light version of classic, comforting Italian risotto takes less time to cook thanks to Tri-Color Quinoa but is full of flavor and as creamy as ever!

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Creamy Quinoa Risotto Recipe

Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 5 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 15 mins


  • 1 bag Success® Tri-Color Quinoa
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese


  • We’ve made an Italian comfort food classic with Success® Tri-Color Quinoa, so it’s quicker and lighter but still full of flavor and as creamy as ever!

    Step 1

  • Prepare quinoa according to package directions, adding bouillon cubes to water.

    Step 2

  • Heat butter and olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

    Step 3

  • Add shallot and garlic and sauté for 1 minute.

    Step 4

  • Add quinoa and sauté until all grains are well coated.

    Step 5

  • Stir in wine and continue to cook and stir until wine is absorbed.

    Step 6

  • Add cream and continue to cook for 1 more minute.

    Step 7

  • Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Serve immediately.

    Recipe Tip

  • To make this recipe completely vegetarian, sub in vegetable bouillon cubes for chicken.

Risotto Amore

Love all kinds of risotto? Well, add Quinoa Risotto to the list, because this dish is simply delicious! Forget the rice on this one and add more protein and color to your dish by using quick-cooking Success® Tri-Color Quinoa.

If you’re the type who loves risotto but just doesn’t have the time to stand over the stove stirring the rice and broth together, this is a great option. It takes a lot less time to make than traditional risotto and has a great creamy texture. After trying this recipe, you may never want to go back to using rice for this dish!

This recipe allows you to make a lighter version of your favorite homemade risotto in less than 30 minutes. If you want to add in more vegetables, chop some shiitake or cremini mushrooms or broccoli florets into small pieces and toss them into the pan with the shallots. Just make sure to sauté them over the heat for a few minutes so that they fully cook.

If you’re really just craving a classic rice version of risotto, swap in Success® Boil-in-Bag White Rice or try out this Four Cheese Tomato Risotto recipe. Or for another Mediterranean style dish, try this Spanish rice recipe.