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saffron risotto with leaves

Saffron Risotto | Vegan Risotto alla Milanese

Saffron Risotto is a traditional Milanese dish. In fact, it’s called Risotto alla Milanese. It is a simple yet incredibly rich and creamy dish. Here is my veganized version.
5 from 18 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Resting Time 2 mins
Total Time 32 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Italian, Plant-based, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 309 kcal


  • 1 cup carnaroli rice or arborio, 7 oz or 200 grams
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil good quality Extra Virgin, butter if want to make it traditional and vegetarian
  • ½ teaspoon saffron
  • 6 tablespoons nutritional yeast Cheesy kind, Grated Parmesan Cheese to make it Traditional and Vegetarian


  • cup dry white wine such as sauvignon blanc or pinot gris


  • Finely chop the onion and stir fry with extra-virgin olive oil (or unsalted butter) on medium-low heat. Stirring constantly, don't let the onion burn.
  • Add the rice and stir. When the rice starts to get brown, add ⅓ cup dry white wine, and let the rice absorb it.
  • Bring to medium heat and cook rice, gradually add warm stock. Stirring frequently.
  • When the rice is half-cooked, add the saffron and stir until the rice looks evenly yellow. Add remaining stock little by little, always stirring frequently.
  • Add the remaining olive oil and the nutritional yeast when the rice is cooked "al dente."
  • Adjust and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Let it rest two minutes before serving, then serve immediately.


Nutrition Facts

Calories: 309kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 9gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 1177mgPotassium: 303mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 626IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 3mg
Keyword 1-pot, instant pot, one pot, rice, risotto, risotto alla milanese, risotto milanese, saffron risotto
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