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May 23, 2013 09:16 AM

risotto without cheese

My SO is off dairy. Can I make a risotto without the cheese? Anything I could substitute? No soy either. I'm sad, as it is asparagus season and my it is my favourite risotto ingredient.

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  1. Sure you can! You'd want to use a vegan (and non-soy) margarine, but there are plenty of dairy free recipes on the web. And you can incorporate asparagus of course.

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    1. re: pinehurst

      actually a nice lemony shrimp risotto would work well without the parm. I just can't picture my usual risotto being as lovely and rich without the parm.

      1. re: cleopatra999

        The stirring will give you nice creaminess. If you add (not so much to the shrimp, but to a veggie type) mushrooms, sea salt, black pepper, you won't miss the parm too much. And the lemon will give a nice gentle bright bite to the shrimp risotto.

    2. I make it all the time without dairy. Yeah, it can help add another dimension, but it's not aboslutely necessary.

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      1. re: mike0989

        +1...some risottos are actually better without the cheese.

      2. I make vegan rissotto (no cheese or meat stock) frequently. I'm used to it. The flavors of the vegetables really shine through without being covered by the cheese and I have come to prefer the less heavy dish. Lorna Sass has many recipes. Here's one:

        1. My favourite risotto doesn't have cheese.
          Posted this on the best risotto thread a while back.

          Has to be aubergine and roasted butternut squash.
          Baked the aubergine in a very hot oven until blackened and aubergine soft and smoky. Scooped out the flesh and added some olive oil. Stirred this in at the end of making a standard risotto with chicken stock. Topped with small cubes of butternut squash that were dusted with sea salt and dried oregano. Didn't add any cheese.

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          1. re: Paprikaboy

            This sounds delicious! I really like the idea of using the roasted eggplant to give a creamy texture.

          2. I haven't made this in a while but it's actually pretty good. I used to make it all the time when my son couldn't tolerate dairy.

            No Stir Risotto