Slow Cooker Broccoli Risotto
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Slow Cooker Broccoli Risotto Recipe

Slow cooker broccoli risotto, an easy and delicious alternative to classic Italian risotto made on the stovetop.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 364
Author: Martha McKinnon | Simple Nourished Living


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 6 cups of broth, chicken or vegetable
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups broccoli florets chopped small
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  • Ideal Slow Cooker Size: 4-Quart.
  • Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium heat and sauté the onions until they have softened. (This is an important step, otherwise they may not be done by the time the risotto is finished. If it's easier you could place the onion and oil in a small microwave safe dish and microwave for about 2 minutes until softened.)
  • Scrape the onion into the slow cooker.
  • Toss the rice into the slow cooker and stir to coat it with the oil.
  • Stir in the broth, wine, salt and broccoli. (If you prefer your broccoli a bit chewy, add it in during the last 15 to 20 minutes of cooking time.)
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for about 2 hours, or until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender but chewy. Check after about 1-3/4 hours to see how it's doing. Remove the crock from the slow cooker as soon as it's done to prevent your risotto from overcooking.
  • Just before serving, stir in the cheese.

Recipe Notes

Arborio rice is an Italian short grain rice with a high starch content used to make risotto. If you are in a pinch and can’t find Arborio, medium- or short-grain rice should work.
If you prefer your broccoli with some crunch, add it during the last 15 to 20 minutes of cooking time.
Serving size: 1 cup
10 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
10 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
10 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
9 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Broccoli Risotto Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 364 Calories from Fat 77
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.6g13%
Carbohydrates 55.7g19%
Fiber 3.1g12%
Protein 13.4g27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy risotto, crock pot broccoli risotto