Garbage Risotto

What a weekend! Although we were constantly moving, it was so much fun! Between grad parties, family, dog walks, pool time, and softball, I managed to find a little time to throw together a risotto dish for lunches this week. I had a bunch of leftover veggies from recipes last week, and to make sure they didn’t go to waste, I threw together a risotto dish with all of the miscellaneous items in my fridge; hence, the name “Garbage Risotto.” It doesn’t taste like garbage, thank goodness — it tastes delicious (and is good for you, too!)! I opted to use asparagus, mushrooms, red pepper, green onion, and spring garlic, but you can get creative with whatever is in-season in your area. What would you put in your garbage risotto? 🙂

Garbage Risotto

Modified from Iowa Girl Eats Lighter Spring Risotto recipe



  • 4 cups vegetable broth (may need more, or less)
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 3 spring garlic stalks, chopped
  • 1 carton sliced mushrooms
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup chopped asparagus
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • Shredded Parmesan
  1. Heat vegetable broth in a small saucepan over low heat until simmering. Place a lid on top, and keep over low heat.
  2. Melt butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add green onion, garlic, and mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and saute until onions are soft and mushrooms are tender, about 4 minutes. Add rice, stir well, then toast the rice for 1 more minute.
  3. Pour in lemon juice and white wine, then stir and cook until wine is nearly absorbed. Add a ladle full of vegetable broth, stirring constantly until broth is nearly absorbed. Repeat the process until rice is creamy and nearly tender, about 20 minutes.
  4. When there is approximately two ladle fulls of broth left, add in the asparagus and red pepper to cook. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if necessary. Serve topped Parmesan.

P.S: I got a new app on my iPhone for food pics. It’s called Hipstamatic and it has a bunch of fun filters that you can use to create unique, creative pictures without having a fancy camera or being a professional photographer. There’s even a foodie filter that is supposed to enhance your food pics! The pics above are taken with the new camera app, let me know what you think 🙂




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