Indulgent, Vegan-Friendly Springtime Risotto Made with JOI is the Simple Way to Make Dinner Gourmet

There’s no time like quarantine to take your culinary skills to the next level. Looking for your next challenge? Try our veggie-packed, vegan-friendly recipe for Springtime Risotto made with JOI!  

Risotto is one of those dishes that comes with a certain fear factor for many at-home chefs. It’s indulgent, a touch fancy, and kind of high maintenance. It’s also delicious, and once you get the basic technique down (and mentally prepare for some stovetop babysitting), it’s not actually difficult to prepare. Basically, this Springtime Risotto is a perfect way to stretch out the dinner-cooking process on a long afternoon in isolation and reward yourself with something special on the table when all is said and done. Plus, you get the casual foodie satisfaction of adding another fine-dining favorite to your list of specialties (thank us later).

Vegan-Friendly Springtime Risotto Made with JOI is the Simple Way to Make Dinner Gourmet

Ready to get gourmet? Here’s our recipe for Springtime Risotto.


Makes 4 servings

3 TB olive oil

1 TB butter (dairy or plant-based)

½ onion (small), chopped

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 ½ cups arborio rice

2 ½ cups plant milk made from JOI almond or cashew nutbase

2 ½ cups broth (vegetable or other)

1 cup (heaping) broccoli florets

1 cup asparagus, cut into 1" pieces

½ cup peas

How It’s Made: 

  1. Prepare plant milk by blending 2 ¼ cups water with 4 heaping tablespoons of JOI almond or cashew nutbase. Leave at room temperature.
  2. Heat olive oil and butter in a large saucepan or wide pot over medium heat. (Pro tip—trust us and use a pot! A shallow pan will not work as well.)
  3. Add onion, season with salt and pepper and cook until the onion is softened, about 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another minute.
  4. Add rice and stir so that the grains are covered with the butter and oil mixture.
  5. Combine milk and broth, and add 1/3 cup of this liquid to the rice.  Stir and simmer uncovered until all liquid is absorbed, about 3 minutes.
  6. Continue adding 1/3 cup of the milk and broth mixture to the rice, stirring until the liquid is absorbed. 
  7. When approximately 2/3 of the liquid has been added and absorbed by the rice (this should take about 20 minutes), add the broccoli and asparagus to the risotto. Continue adding liquid as described in step 6 until the rice is cooked through but still firm (approximately 10 more minutes). Note that depending on your rice, up to a cup of additional liquid (either plant milk made with JOI milk, broth, or a combination, as you prefer) may be required to finish cooking the rice.
  8. When the rice is ready, stir in the peas. Add more salt and pepper to taste, if necessary.
  9. For best taste, serve immediately!

Looking for more cooking projects inspired by JOI? This gluten-free, vegan korma is the ultimate healthy comfort food! 

Vegan-Friendly Springtime Risotto Made with JOI is the Simple Way to Make Dinner Gourmet

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