This Italian rice specialty is typically rich with butter and cheese. This version has been made lactose-friendly with homemade chicken stock, olive oil and a small amount of aged cheese.

Use kale, napa cabbage or broccoli for the calcium greens.

You may get to the desired consistency before you’ve used all the chicken stock. Although homemade chicken stock is the best, to save time, look for quality homestyle chicken stocks in supermarkets.

Makes4 servings

Cooking Methodsauteeing


Total Timeunder 1 hour

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Formal Dinner Party

Recipe Courseappetizer, side dish

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free


Taste and Texturecreamy, nutty, rich, savory


  • ¼ cup (50 mL) olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 leek (white and light green parts only), sliced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Arborio rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup (125 mL) dry white wine (optional)
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) saffron
  • 4 cups (1 L) Basic Chicken Stock (approx.)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) finely chopped blanched calcium greens (see Notes)
  • ½ cup (125 mL) toasted unblanched almonds
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) grated lemon zest
  • ½ cup (125 mL) freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional, if tolerated)


  1. In a heavy saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook onion and leek, covered, until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in rice and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes Stir in bay leaf, wine (if using), salt, pepper and saffron Gradually stir in chicken stock, ½ cup (125 mL) at a time, stirring until all the stock is absorbed before adding more. Risotto is done when mixture is creamy and rice is just tender but slightly firm in the center. (Total cooking time will be 15 to 20 minutes.)

  2. Discard bay leaf and stir in calcium greens, almonds and lemon zest. Spoon into serving bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if tolerated.


Free recipes, giveaways, exclusive partner offers, and more straight to your inbox!


I have not made this yet so I cannot rate it.

Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!


Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Sign In to Your Account

Close Window
Sign In with one of your Social Accounts
Sign In using Email and Password