loto rice risotto

a simple risotto recipe

Today’s lunch!! I decided to take a break from the computer and stir some risotto. It was strangely soothing!

In our recent Imperfect Foods box, we got Loto Rice. It was my first to ever try it and I’m a huge fan!

Like arborio rice {usually used in risotto}, it’s an Italian short-grain rice. It’s just as absorbent & creamy as you cook it like a risotto! I find it has about a 10 minute faster cooking time, as well. Since it’s SO absorbent, it’s great to throw into a soup, as well. Try it in my detox soup to make things a little more hearty!

We actually don’t have any broth or stock at home so I just used water simply salted with sea salt & a squeeze of lemon for a little zing!

Enjoy! <3

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loto rice “risotto”

  • Author: Shannon Silver Schuchard


  • olive oil
  • loto rice from Imperfect Foods
  • water
  • sea salt {I LOVE Maldon!!}
  • lemon
  • black pepepr
  • kale
  • parsley
  • chile flake
  • more lemon!



  • shallot
  • garlic


  1. In a sauce pan over medium-heat, add a drizzle of olive oil. While it heats up, add another sauce pan to the stove & simmer some water. Add a sprinkle of sea salt & lemon. Let simmer. This is what you’ll be using to add the liquid to the rice!
  2. When pan is hot, add a drizzle of olive oil. If using garlic & shallot, add it to the pot, cook ~2 mins but careful not to brown. Add rice & continue to cook until translucent, ~2 minutes
  3. Lower heat to Low. Add a ladle of the salt water to the rice. Stir constantly until absorbed. When absorbed, add more liquid & continue to stir. Repeat until rice is done, ~15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat & stir in some parmesan. Add shredded kale, herbs, chile flake, pepper, more sea salt & stir.
  5. Serve! I like to add another squeeze of lemon & even more sea salt 😉


to make vegetarian, omit parm & use just olive oil!

feel free to use any broth instead of sea salt / lemon water

if you have any vegetables on hand, dice them and add with the garlic & shallots. Also delicious topped with sliced proscuitto!

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  1. 3.29.20
    Mica said:

    yum, that looks delicious! I really like risotto 🙂 I’ve never tried it with this rice before though!

    Hope that you are having a nice weekend 🙂 It’s another quiet one at home here.