Brown Rice Breakfast Risotto

Brown Rice Breakfast Risotto | Food & Nutrition Magazine | Volume 10, Issue 1
Photography by David Raine | Food styling by Breana Moeller | Prop styling by Michelle Wilkinson

Traditionally made with Arborio rice and eaten for dinner, this hearty version of risotto is made with brown rice and served for breakfast.

SERVING SIZE: ¾ cup risotto (177 grams) plus optional 1 egg (50 grams)
PREP TIME: 8 hours
COOKING TIME: 30 minutes


  • 1 cup short-grain brown rice
  • ½ tablespoon (3 milliliters) olive oil
  • ¼ cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1½ cups frozen butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1¾ cups (441 milliliters) low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1½ cups fresh baby spinach leaves, packed
  • ½ ounce Parmesan cheese
  • 4 large eggs, cooked (optional)


  1. Soak brown rice in water overnight, or for at least 8 hours, in a medium-sized glass bowl. Remove water from rice with strainer.
  2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and sauté 3 to 4 minutes, or until translucent.
  3. Add butternut squash, sage, garlic powder and salt. Sauté 2 minutes. Add soaked brown rice and vegetable broth.
  4. Turn heat to medium-high and allow liquid to come to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover with a lid. Stir occasionally. Allow to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until brown rice is al dente.
  5. Add spinach and grate Parmesan cheese into risotto. If using, cook eggs to your liking.
  6. To serve, divide risotto evenly between four bowls and top each with a cooked egg.

NUTRITION PER SERVING:* 308 calories, 9g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 216mg cholesterol, 391mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, 3g sugar, 13g protein, NA potassium, NA phosphorus

*Optional eggs included in analysis.

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Karman Meyer is an RDN based in Nashville. Teaching people easy ways to implement healthy changes into their lifestyle is her passion! Karman blogs at The Nutrition Adventure and is an experienced recipe developer, nutrition writer and public speaker. Follow her on Instagram & Facebook!