Springtime Risotto

Here’s another fabulous recipe for Land O’Lakes featuring their newest product Sauté Express® Sauté Starter. This week’s Weeknight Wins challenge was to create a yummy one-pan wonder of a meal in 30 minutes. You can vote for your favorite One-Pan Wonder on the super fun Pinterest Board.

I was originally thinking pasta, but that’s what I made for the last two challenges. I’ve got a one-track mind. So, I switched it up and made a risotto! Why risotto? Because I love rice. And cheese. And veggies.

Let’s face it: I love all food.


Except for sweet pickles.

And applesauce.


Sorry. I didn’t mean to talk about barf in this post……I can’t not write what pops into my crazy brain these days.


Moving on….

So, yes. I made risotto! It’s tasty and creamy and cheesy and simply delightful. AAAND, not hard to make at all! It’s one of those things that sounds really fancy but at the end of the day, it’s just rice and vegetables. Don’t be intimidated. It’s real simple to pull this one off. I’ll show you how!! Here’s how you make it:

For this recipe, you’re going to want to start out with two squares of Savory Butter & Olive Oil Sauté Express® Sauté Starter.


Get those melting in a pan over medium heat. Be sure to use a deep skillet or pot for this recipe!IMG_0038

Saute some onion and arborio rice in the Sauté Express® Sauté Starter until the rice starts to get toasty and the onion starts getting tender.

Then add in some diced carrot and sauté another 5 minutes or so.IMG_0046

Then comes the chicken stock! Pour in some chicken stock, about one cup at a time and stir stir stir. The stirring makes the risotto creamy!IMG_0048

After a few minutes, the rice will have slurped up the chicken stock and you can add in another cup.IMG_0053

Keep stirring as you cook the risotto and after the 4 cups of stock have been absorbed, the rice should be just about cooked completely. Now stir in some cream, parmesan cheese, frozen peas and asparagus {or any extra veggies you have in your fridge}.IMG_0058

Heat that through and serve! Feel free to top your risotto with some black pepper and extra cheese. Mmmm….so tasty! IMG_0077

This dinner is light, yet comforting. You’ll want to lick your plate clean 🙂

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Springtime Risotto

A light and comforting meal that you can have ready in no time! Perfect for those warmer spring evenings!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time:

Cook Time:

Total Time:


  • 2 squares Savory Butter & Olive Oil Saute Express® Saute Starter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup sliced steamed asparagus
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat large skillet with high sides over medium heat. Sauté onion in melted Savory Butter & Olive Oil Sauté Express® Sauté Starter over medium heat. Pour in arborio rice and stir to incorporate evenly. Stir in carrot and sauté 5 minutes until rice starts to toast and onion and carrot start to get tender. Pour in 1 cup of chicken broth, stirring frequently until rice soaks up the liquid. Continue in this fashion until all the chicken broth has been absorbed by the rice. Rice should be cooked al dente. Stir in cream, peas, asparagus and parmesan cheese. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.


Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Land O’Lakes for an exclusive endorsement of
Sauté Express® Sauté Starter. This blog post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes. All opinions are my own.


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  1. My favorite one pan dish is Shrimp fired rice, which I make once a week. It’s our family’s Friday night dish. I love your Springtime Risotto and can’t wait to try it.

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  2. I love a good pasta dish as a one pot recipe. I cook the pasta in a pot, drain it, and then start cooking the rest of the ingredients. I love only having one pot to clean up! I need to get some of that Land O’Lakes.

  3. I think this spring risotto looks amazing and I’d love to make it.

  4. Well, I’m wondering how it would be to use for air-popped popcorn?!?! I would def use it to season basic stir fry dishes. I cook for a vegetarian, so any yummy, new seasoning is always welcomed when it comes to stir frying all those veggies!

  5. I’d use the Land O’Lakes Saute Express to sautee shrimp and onions, peppers and celery add a can of Rotel serve it over rice.

  6. My favorite one skillet dish to make is just plain ol’ taco meat. Running a farm, being a full-time student and having a full-time job requires quick meas a lot of the time and the fall back is always taco meat!

  7. My favorite one pan recipe is homemade Mac and Cheese, cooked in cast iron on the cooktop and moved to the oven to finish.

  8. My favorite one pan meal is a good-old-fashioned stirfy. Asian style or not. Tons of veggies and meat. Some kind of saucy sauce. I’m in heaven. (Also, pasta cooked up on the side never hurts.)

  9. My favorite one dish recipe is chicken curry, but this risotto looks awesome. Need to try.

  10. This risotto looks pretty wonderful, so I think I’d make this with saute starter!

  11. I would make this, because it looks wonderful!

  12. My favorite one pot meal, that can also use the sauteed starters – either savory butter and olive oil or garlic and herb, is my sausage skilled dinner. Boil pasta and set aside, then melt the sauteed starter in place of regular oil or butter, saute Italian sausage or spicy sausage until browned and cooked through, while cooking add in salt, pepper, Italian seasonings of choice and paprika. Once cooked add a can of basil and garlic diced tomatoes, lower the year, cover and simmer. Once the tomatoes have started to heat through, add the pasta back into the pot and cover once again long enough to soak up some of the juices. Top with a sprinkling of parmesan or mozzarella cheese! And done! Finish the meal off with a side salad and some fresh baked Italian or French bread or some garlic bread.

  13. My favorite one pan recipe is vegetarian curry! Customizable veggies depending on the season, fragrant spices, and a savory sauce… YUM! It’s too close to dinner time haha.

  14. I make a knock-off version of Noodle and Company’s Pasta Fresca. I think I could totally use Land of Lakes’ new product to simplify things – especially because I’m pregnant with #2 as well!

  15. My favorite one pan meal is a sweet and sour chicken dish, but your risotto looks terrific. I’ll have to give it a try, too!

  16. My favorite would be bachelor stew! My daddy taught me how to make it and it’s delicious!

  17. I love making risotto in the springtime. Wonderful giveaway.

  18. ok, one pot dinners are my favorite! this time of the year i love to make a lemon cream sauce with pasta and vegetables! Land o Lake’s Saute Express would definetly come in handy!! (and this risotto is definetly on my list of ‘must makes’)!

  19. I am such a huge fan of Risotto, but I hate peas. I know, I’m 25 and still won’t eat my peas. 😉 However, I think I would love this with another veggie subbed in!!

  20. Fave one pan recipe would have to be stir fry. . but I would love to try the Sauté Express® Sauté Starter!!

  21. Yum! I’d make risitto too! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  22. I have a great spinach gratin recipe, but the risotto looks great!

  23. I’d make pasta primavera with the Savory Butter & Olive Oil Sauté Express® Sauté Starter

  24. One of my favorite one skillet meals is a Chicken and Rice dish, that has fresh spinach, asparagus, and pesto. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and you have a complete meal.

  25. Your Risotto looks wonderful, I’m going to give it a try..it has always seemed
    intimidating to me.

  26. My favorite one skillet dish is Chicken and Rice, with asparagus, fresh spinach, and pesto, added at the very end. Sprinkle with Parmesan, and you have a quick meal.

  27. This looks so yummy! So far I’ve only made chicken and fish with the saute starter, but I’m planning to make a shrimp pasta with the lemon butter flavor this week. Our favorite one pan recipe is chili cheese macaroni.

  28. Yum!! I love this! Loving all the veggies!

  29. My favorite one-dish wonder of late is pad thai!

  30. I’m planning to saute some jumbo shrimp and garlic in the Lemon Pepper Saute Express and toss with pasta. Done in minutes and so delicious!

  31. This looks delicious. I think I would try a strogonoff.

  32. I like all comfort food. Could use Saute for the base of potpies, any stir fry depending on seasoning.

  33. Love shrimp and rice with some heat.

  34. My favorite one pan recipe is my mom’s chicken and rice.

  35. since I have never tried the saute express for risotto I would try this springtime recipe – I love risotto. I am trying to find my mom’s fricasee chicken recipe and that was a one pot meal.
    When I want meat and i don’t always I like to make an easy stove top tamale pie that is one dish or “kay’s chicken” that is baked with one can of cream of chicken, chicken breast, slices of swiss cheese and topped with breadcrumbs.
    Cheese enchiladas since it is approaching Cinco de Mayo are easy one pot meal too. Oh, I can go on all of a sudden 🙂

  36. My favorite one pan dish is PAELLA! yummm

  37. My favorite one pan recipe is stir-fry! 🙂

  38. My favorite one pan dish is Shrimp Jambalaya. Love to cook and eat Cajun Food.
    I’d love to try the Land O’Lakes Savory Butter & Olive Oil Sauté Express with Chicken Fried Rice (another favorite of my son’s).

  39. I would make Arroz con Pollo! Thank you for the chance to win!

  40. My one-pot go-meal is Spanish rice. I serve it with lots of topping choices (shredded cheese, green onions, sour cream, salsa, etc.) so everyone can customize it to their liking.

  41. Stir Fry is probably my favorite one dish meal. This risotto looks delicious!

  42. My favorite one pan dinner is scallion pork.

  43. I love a QUICK one-pot meal and my favorite is to boil up some pasta and just as it’s al dente, toss in some frozen baby peas and frozen shrimp just long enough to heat them through. Drain the pasta and use the pot you boiled the pasta in to melt some butter and olive oil (I need to try this with saute starters!) in the pot with some crushed garlic for a scampi feel or alfredo sauce for a creamier feel, and then toss the pasta, shrimp, & peas back in with the heated through sauce. Season with fresh cracked black pepper and top with fresh shaved Parmesan cheese. I also do this with broccoli, asparagus – whatever I have on hand. Yum!

  44. I would make a shrimp scampi with rice.

  45. I’ve made a one pan skillet lasagna before it was amazing!