Peasant Risotto

Peasant Risotto

Peasant Risotto

This low fat dish is an Italian rice specialty made by adding warm broth to a mixture of rice, garlic, green onions and sage. The addition of Swiss chard gives it a nutritional boost.


Makes 4 servings


1 teaspoon olive oil
3 ounces chopped low-fat turkey ham
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup arborio or white short-grain rice
1 can (15 ounces) Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup chopped green onions with tops
1/2 teaspoon dried sage leaves
2 cans (14 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth, heated
1-1/2 cups Swiss chard, rinsed, stemmed and shredded
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add turkey-ham and garlic; cook and stir until garlic is browned. Add rice, beans, green onions and sage; mix well. Add warm broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cook about 25 minutes or until rice is creamy, stirring frequently.
  2. Add Swiss chard and Parmesan; mix well. Cover; remove from heat. Let stand, covered, 2 minutes or until Swiss chard is wilted. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Sodium 411 mg
Protein 18 g
Carbohydrate 63 g
Cholesterol 21 mg
Saturated Fat 2 g
Total Fat 5 g
Calories from Fat 12 %
Calories 372

Dietary Exchange

Fat 1/2
Meat 1
Starch 4

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