Courgette & Lemon Risotto

versatile veggie rice dish
Versatile veggie rice dish
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50 g Butter
1 Onion finely chopped
1 Garlic clove large, minced
180 g Risotto rice
4 cups Vegetable stock
1/2 Lemon zest and juice
2 sprigs of lemon Thyme
250 g Courgettes diced
50 g Parmesan cheese or vegetarian alternative, grated
2 tbsp Crème fraîche
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste

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Courgette & Lemon Risotto


This Courgette & Lemon Risotto is another one of my favorite meat free Monday recipes. This recipe takes only 30-40 minutes to prepare and it is super versatile – you can substitute the courgette with broccoli or asparagus if you prefer.

To make this dish, start by sautéing onions and garlic in butter. Add the rice and stir to coat with butter, onions and garlic. Add a ladle of stock at a time and allow it to bubble until it is absorbed by the rice. Once 2 ladles of stock are absorbed, add the courgette and continue to add stock until it is all absorbed. Once the rice is tender, season and add thyme, Parmesan cheese and crème fraîche. Enjoy!

To make my Courgette & Lemon Risotto, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Courgette & Lemon Risotto

Steps to make Courgette & Lemon Risotto


Sauté onion and garlic


Melt 50 grams of butter in a large, deep frying pan. Add 1 finely chopped onion and sauté gently for about 5 minutes until soft. Add 1 minced clove of garlic and stir for 1 minute.


Stir in rice


Stir in 180 grams of risotto rice. Coat the rice in the butter and combine with onions and garlic for 1-2 minutes.


Add stock


Pour in a ladle of the stock to the rice, along with the juice of 1 lemon and 2 sprigs of thyme. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add another ladle of stock when almost all the liquid has been absorbed and keep stirring.


Stir in courgette


Add 250 grams of diced courgette to the pan and keep adding ladles of stock, stirring occasionally until the rice is just tender and creamy.




Season the rice to taste with salt and pepper.


Add zest, cheese and crème fraîche


Add the zest of one lemon, 50 grams of Parmesan cheese and 2 tablespoons of crème fraîche.



Serve immediately.

This Courgette & Lemon Risotto is a fresh and zingy veggie citrus dish that you can easily make midweek. Come back and leave a review if you decide to try this one!

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Total Reviews: 21
Ailani Zenker

Bland and hard rice mine was not good with taste only appearance and smell.

Kadence Meher

Too much cheese but still amazing flavor.

Seraphina Skowronski

Very flavorful and simple to make this is what i was looking for.

Whitney Oalmann

My all time favorite vegetarian meal thankful for the share.

Selina Kollath

Resturant worthy meal, if you guys ever open one up I'll be sure to go! Love everything you make.

Charity Begnoche

What even is a risotto?

Guadalupe Thermitus

Replaced parmesan for mozzarella and didn't add the lemon thyme, amazing meal.

Krystal Welk

Cool idea will try it out first time ive ever seena courgette risotto.

Kelsie Wininger

Perfect meal when youre on a diet like myself:)

Whitley Mcraney

Best dinner I've ever served in my own household!

Haleigh Vellanki

Bookmarked this page to try out everything else after this.

Natalya Longo

Italian recipes are the best type for dinner and romantic dates too! Made this for my spouse on our anniversary and cooked some apple churros for dessert too we both enjoyed it very much.

Angie Vanbecelaere

Amazing risotto had it last night with some slices of beef since none of my family including myself are vegetarian.

Laney Wiedmer

Had no idea that italians have delicious dinners like this everynight! going to be browsing through the italian section this entire week then on to Mexican.

Kamilah Dunwell

Cooked it well but still turned out to be mushy and soft not sure what i did wrong to be honest.

Emilee Didio

Wonderful recipe but kinda expensive, atleast where I'm from.

Marina Paolozzi

Used normal cream because i didn't know where to buy the fraiche thing at.

Kynlee Glatter

Would recommend this for sure if you love zesty type foods or just things that taste healthy lol.

Abbigail Gooler

Dasha always makes the most unique dishes this was absolutely scrumptious!

Antonella Renstrom

Not bad but think it needs a bit more spices.


Well done! Thanks for sharing!

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