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Risotto is often hard to mimic as a vegan dish because it calls for lots of Parmesan and butter to create its creamy taste and consistency. This recipe recreates all of that, using a combination of almond milk, tahini, and a touch of nutritional yeast. The result is a sophisticated risotto, which we pair with carrots, parsnips, and butternut squash. You can use any vegetables on hand, though, including diced asparagus, zucchini, or other squash. Also, check out this delicious butternut squash risotto recipe.

Adapted from Mayim’s Vegan Table. Recipe reprinted courtesy of DaCapo Lifelong Books.


  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium parsnip, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups peeled, seeded, and diced butternut squash (about 1 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary or thyme
  • 5½ cups vegan vegetable stock
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup chopped onion or shallot
  • 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
  • ½ cup unsweetened, unflavored plant milk
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon mirin (see note)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Place the carrot, parsnip, and squash in a large bowl with the rosemary. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until soft but not mushy.
  3. Combine the stock and wine in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once simmering, reduce the temperature to medium-low.
  4. Sauté the garlic, onion, and rice in a large nonstick pot for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the rice starts to toast.
  5. Add 1 cup of the simmering broth-wine mixture to the rice and cook, stirring constantly, until the liquid is mostly absorbed. Continue adding the broth 1 cup at a time, stirring as it is absorbed, until the rice is tender and creamy, about 20 minutes.
  6. Add the milk, tahini, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and mirin, and cook for 5 minutes more. Stir in the roasted veggies. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Note: Mirin is a sweet rice wine. If you can’t find it, you can use dry sherry or white wine with a pinch of sugar.

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Krista12 months ago
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I thought there was a lot of liquid, so looked up the recipe in the cookbook.
It calls for 1 and 1/2 cup arborio rice so plan to do that next time. Made it with asparagus for the spring and we loved it and plan to repeat.


Leisa Fitzgerald1 year ago
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I made a mushroom risotto in the instapot. Do you think this would work the same? I might try.

M Cunneen1 year ago
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Loved this! I poured everything into the roasting pan and added mushrooms v

Susan1 year ago
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Leisa, please post your results if you can modify the recipe for instant pot. That would be so much less daunting!

Angie2 years ago
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This is one of the more labour intensive recipes here (risotto is not easy for me). I made it though, and while it was probably a bit gluggy from not stirring frequently enough, the flavour was sensational! I’d definitely put in the effort to make it again and try to get it just right.

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Mayim Hoya Bialik, PhD

Mayim Hoya Bialik is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC television sitcom Blossom and for playing neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory on CBS. For the latter she has received a Critic’s Choice Award, a Screen Actors Guild nomination, and four Emmy nominations. Bialik has a PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA and a BS in Neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish Studies from UCLA. She served as the spokesperson for Texas Instruments, inspiring young women to engage in careers that involve STEM. She is also the author of Beyond the Sling, published by Simon & Schuster, and Mayim’s Vegan Table, a family cookbook by Da Capo Press. Learn more at her website, and follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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