Quinoa Risotto

The cooking method employed here is similar to that used for risotto. This is a great way to enjoy the protein-packed grain quinoa. Bulgur and sesame seeds give diversity and texture, plus shiitakes and sweet potato for earthiness. Unlike a traditional risotto, which requires constant stirring and attention, this dish is relatively carefree. Just be sure to keep the heat high, add the liquid in three phases and stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Author:Inspired by Vegetarian Times, 2000.09
Yield:6 servings
Prep time: 00:15
Cook time: 00:25
Category:Main Courses


4 oz. portobello mushrooms, stemmed and sliced (1 1/2 cups) (or shiitake mushr
1 cups sweet potatoes, peeled, diced (300 g)
1 cups onions, diced
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
2 tsp. dried sage
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups quinoa, uncooked, rinsed well
1/3 cups bulgur, uncooked
1/4 cups unhulled sesame seeds (2 oz)
1 tsp. olive oil
7 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, preferably mushroom broth, or water
bay leaves


  1. In large saucepan, bring broth and bay leaf to a boil over high heat.
  2. Meanwhile, in large, heavy pot, heat oil over high heat. Add mushrooms and sweet potato and cook, stirring often, 2 minutes.
  3. Add onion, garlic, sage, thyme, pepper and salt and cook, stirring, 2 minutes.
  4. Add quinoa, bulgur and sesame seeds and stir until grains are fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  5. Turn heat off broth mixture. Ladle about one-third of hot broth into quinoa mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until grains absorb liquid, about 5 minutes.
  6. Repeat with remaining broth in two batches, cooking and stirring until absorbed, about 5 minutes per batch.
  7. After you have added more than half the broth, taste risotto and adjust seasonings, adding more salt if desired. Do not add more broth until previous broth has been absorbed.


Nutrition Facts

6 servings per recipe

Serving size 1 serving

Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Trans Fat
Sodium 250mg10%
Total Carbohydrate 55g18%
Dietary Fiber 7g28%
Total Sugars
Includes Added Sugars
Protein 13g

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrition in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.