Slow Cooker Cauliflower Pea Risotto

This easy way to make risotto is totally hands-off. The cheesy, creamy rice dish cooks only 1 hour in the slow cooker. Cauliflower, sweet peas and Parmesan cheese make this a favorite comfort food – and our most-requested birthday dinner!

Easy, hands-off recipe: Creamy, cheesy, cauliflower rice. SLOW COOKER CAULIFLOWER PEA RISOTTO | @TspCurry - For more #healthy spring recipes: TeaspoonOfSpice.com

This recipe was originally published here in 2012 – and has become one of our most popular – especially in springtime. Back in 2012, cauliflower rice was a totally new thing! (Check out what I wrote below.) This post has been updated with new photos, and the recipe was retested to give you the most streamlined, delicious results. Please try it!

Easy, hands-off recipe: Creamy, cheesy, cauliflower rice. SLOW COOKER CAULIFLOWER PEA RISOTTO | @TspCurry - For more #healthy spring recipes: TeaspoonOfSpice.com

I recently found this most interesting recipe for slow cooker Cauliflower Risotto. The chef’s idea was to chop two heads of cauliflower into “risotto-like” pieces and then cook them so the final dish resembles cheesy risotto with peas. Very creative.

I wanted to recreate the dish with the addition of arborio rice. It’s tricky to adapt slow cooker risotto recipes to accommodate cauliflower which has a longer cooking time.

Of course, the beauty of cooking risotto in the slow cooker is that there’s no need to stand over a pot stirring for 30 minutes as the rice grains slowly absorb cooking liquid which is added slowly cup after cup.

Easy, hands-off recipe: Creamy, cheesy, cauliflower rice. SLOW COOKER CAULIFLOWER PEA RISOTTO | @TspCurry - For more #healthy spring recipes: TeaspoonOfSpice.com

In the end, my recipe was deemed creamy and delicious by all my kids (who even ate the cauliflower even though I lost patience trying to cut them to resemble risotto grains.) In fact, we would have eaten the entire Crock Pot, had I not insisted upon leftovers (enough to photograph the next day!)  Creamy, cheesy, cauliflower risotto. SLOW COOKER CAULIFLOWER PEA RISOTTO via @TspCurry #HealthySpringRecipe Click To Tweet

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Slow Cooker Cauliflower Pea Risotto

Easy, hands-off recipe: Creamy, cheesy, cauliflower rice. SLOW COOKER CAULIFLOWER PEA RISOTTO | @TspCurry - For more #healthy spring recipes: TeaspoonOfSpice.com

This easy way to make Slow Cooker Cauliflower Pea Risotto is totally hands-off. No stirring – and cooks only 1 hour in the slow cooker. Cauliflower, sweet peas and cheese make this our favorite comfort food – and the most-requested birthday dinner dish at my house!

  • Author: Serena Ball
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 large head cauliflower, roughly chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 3 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth, warmed
  • 1 cup frozen peas, set on the counter to thaw during last 30 min of cooking time
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz) freshly grated white Cheddar cheese (or Parmesan), divided
  • Optional: 4-6 fried or poached eggs

Instructions

  1. Turn slow cooker on to High.
  2. Melt butter in 12-inch non-stick skillet. Add onions and saute until translucent, about 5-6 minutes.
  3. Move onions to outside edges of the pan; add rice and cook 3 minutes without stirring to toast rice.
  4. Move rice to outside edges of the pan; add cauliflower and cook 3 minutes without stirring to brown cauliflower.
  5. Add wine and cook about 1 1/2 minutes until wine is reduced by half.
  6. Pour mixture into slow cooker.
  7. Add warm broth and cover. Cook on HIGH for 1 hour. OR Cook on LOW for 2 hours. During last 10 minutes of cooking time, remove lid and stir in peas and 1/4 cup cheese.
  8. Serve with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and a poached/fried egg if desired.

Easy, hands-off recipe: Creamy, cheesy, cauliflower rice. SLOW COOKER CAULIFLOWER PEA RISOTTO | @TspCurry - For more #healthy spring recipes: TeaspoonOfSpice.com

Which spring vegetables do you like in your risotto: Asparagus, artichokes, peas? Ever tried risotto in the slow cooker?

Easy, hands-off recipe: Creamy, cheesy, cauliflower rice. SLOW COOKER CAULIFLOWER PEA RISOTTO | @TspCurry - For more #healthy spring recipes: TeaspoonOfSpice.com

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