Spinach Artichoke Risotto

Spinach Artichoke Risotto is the ultimate in creamy, comforting goodness with all the flavors of the classic dip.  This easy, cheesy, vegetarian entrée or side dish can be on the table in 30 minutes!

Spinach Artichoke Risotto

What do you do when all you want for dinner is a big bucket of cheesy spinach artichoke dip?  Just dip.  Nothing else.

That was me.  This past Monday.  The day I should be eating ultra clean after a weekend of partaking in way too much of all things carbs and hops.  Typically, by the end of a weekend, I’m done with eating rich foods but I woke up this Monday morning with a serious craving for some spinach artichoke dip.

Spinach Artichoke Risotto

No joke.  I could have eaten a whole 5 gallon bucket of that stuff for breakfast if I had it around.  A big beautiful bucket of ooey gooey, creamy, cheesy af, spinach artichoke dip and a fork.  The adult inside of me said “No way!  It’s healthy smoothie time!”  Then I realized, that’s right I AM AN ADULT, and I can eat whatever I want, whenever I want.  I was going to get my hands on some cheesy dip before the end of the day!

Spinach Artichoke Risotto

So while I’m out running errands, I make a little pit stop into by my local Bj’s to pick up the ingredients for the dip.  By the way, I’m really loving this Bj’s Wholesale Club membership I got a couple of months ago.  It’s been a wonderful resource to have during the winter when the local farm CSAs aren’t running or have limited products and I’ve been pretty impressed so far with the quality of Bj’s grass fed products and organic veggies.  I’ve also noticed they have lower prices on some of my favorite grocery store items than anywhere else and it’s all in one place.  Can’t beat that on a busy Monday!

Spinach Artichoke Risotto

While I’m shopping for dip ingredients, I see this huge bag of Arborio rice for $8.99!!!  What??!!?!?  Can’t believe I buy a small little 2 pound bag for the same price at another grocery store right down the street.  SOLD!!  And in the cart it goes.  Then, I have a breakthrough…what if I combined the spinach artichoke dip with the rice to make an actual meal so I don’t look like an idiot eating just dip for dinner?  Heck yes!  Spinach artichoke risotto it is!  Sometimes I wonder why I haven’t won the Nobel Prize yet.

Spinach Artichoke Risotto

Here are some of my favorite things I bought on my trip.  That Bolthouse Farms Organic carrot juice is $6.99 at my local store but I paid $3.99 at Bj’s (with a $1.00 off in-club coupon).   I bought 3 of those.  Also got a big hunk of Havarti cheese for the risotto.  This Monday is getting better by the minute.

Spinach Artichoke Risotto

Found this too.  It’s the same one I buy from my regular grocery store but it’s $3.00 less per pound here.  Winning!!

Spinach Artichoke Risotto

One of the best things about shopping for cheese at Bj’s is that if you turn around, there’s all the champagne and wine!!!   Wooohooo!  Of course, I had to pick up a bottle of my fav champagne to have in the house for Valentine’s Day.  Best price in town and it comes with a fancy bottle koozie…(fyi, I have about 10 of those koozies at home so if anyone wants a few, please email me your address and I’ll send them right out).

Spinach Artichoke Risotto

I gathered up all my ingredients, hightailed it home, and promptly made enough spinach artichoke risotto to feed 8 people…then I ate 2 of those servings for lunch and another two for dinner.  Needless to say, I was all good on any craving I had for spinach artichoke dip.

Spinach Artichoke Risotto

Hope you enjoy this Spinach Artichoke Risotto as part of a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner in or as a regular weekday meal.  Don’t fret over any leftovers because I’ll have a recipe in the next week or two showing how to use those up.  Hint: it’s perfect for Super Bowl parties.

Check out your local Bj’s and save with this $10 off coupon for an Inner Circle membership.  Plus, they have a 100% Money Back Guarantee and will give you back your membership money if you’re not completely satisfied!  #nobrainer

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Spinach Artichoke Risotto is the ultimate in creamy and comforting goodness with all the flavors of the classic dip. This easy, cheesy, vegetarian entrée or side dish can be on the table in 30 minutes!
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Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • FOR THE SPINACH ARTICHOKE MIXTURE:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cups frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup artichoke hearts (not marinated), chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper, optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • FOR THE RISOTTO:
  • 7-8 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • ¾ cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups Havarti cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. FOR THE SPINACH ARTICHOKE MIXTURE:
  2. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a heavy-bottomed large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add the spinach, artichoke hearts, garlic, and crushed red pepper (optional) to the onions and sauté for another 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove mixture from pan and set aside.
  3. FOR THE RISOTTO:
  4. Heat the broth in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat and keep hot (broth must be hot before adding to rice). In the same large pan that the spinach artichoke mixture was cooked in, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add the Arborio rice and cook, stirring continuously, for about 1 minute, making sure all rice is coated with the butter.
  5. Add the wine and stir constantly until the wine has fully absorbed into the rice, about 1-2 minutes. Add the hot broth, 1 cup at a time, to the rice and stir constantly until the broth is almost fully absorbed into the rice. Continue to add the broth until the rice is tender and mixture is creamy, about 20-25 minutes. Add more broth for a creamier texture. Rice should be slightly al dente (firm to the bite), not mushy, and a very creamy texture.
  6. Reduce heat to low and stir in the Havarti cheese, the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter, and the spinach artichoke mixture. Stir well and heat through for a couple of minutes. Serve immediately.
  7. Enjoy!

 

Spinach Artichoke Risotto

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  1. says

    LMAO right now. Girl, you had too many funny gems in this one. I don’t know why you haven’t won the Nobel prize yet, either. Perhaps it’s ’cause you are just TOO good, ya know 😉 ? Craving something carby and cheesy after the weekend is just your bod saying you may not have had enough over the weekend, so, you know, really you done your body good!
    Loving this take on spinach artichoke dip. It’s like dip, only better. Plus, it’s a meal not a snack so no shame. And holy moly…..havarti cheese? Yes please! That stuff is da bomb… cheesy goodness right there. 4 lbs of Arborio rice for $8.99? How can you NOT buy it? I loves me some risotto and I’d be filling my cart up too. And A+ for champagne. You better test a bottle out before Valentine’s Day, though, to ensure that it tastes good…..just saying 😉
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  2. says

    You are killing me with this risotto! It looks soooo good! Guess I need to make another run to BJ’s and grab me a bag. Oh and I love that champagne koozie!! How did I miss that? I think I “need” one, ha ha! Your risotto looks so rich and creamy I could eat it by the bowl bowl fulls. I can’t wait to make it!

  3. says

    Lol! You crack me up, K! You make BJ’s sound all sorts of amazing! I’ve never been and there isn’t one around here, so I’ll have to live vicariously through you (feel free to send me one of those koozies so I get the full effect). I love risotto and spinach artichoke dip, so this dish is screaming my name! Looks delish, girlie!! Can’t wait to make this! Cheers!
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  4. says

    I’m laughing so hard right now, K! I love when I can be an adult and eat whatever I want and now I want this risotto! I nominate you for the Nobel Prize because this is one genius invention! I’m also going to need some of those coozies, so please send some my way. Pinning, of course!
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  5. says

    Obviously, I cannot eat this recipe. But I DO LOVE the pairing of spinach and artichokes. Artichokes are just the best thing EVER!!!!!! Gosh, I love those suckers, especially if they’re soaking in some high quality OLIVE OIL for like 5 months prior to me eating them! ha! When I was in Italy, I had some like that and pretty much died from happiness!
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  6. Ben Maclain says

    Did you read my mind, Karrie? I’ve been craving for some (by some I mean a lot, of course) risotto, and apparently I’m going to make one soon. But this one looks and sounds fantastic (not to mention the fact it makes me crave for risotto even stronger). I glad you made this one instead of that dip although that did sounds delicious too…great, now I want it too:)

  7. says

    What a great shopping cart you had, there! Love each item, especially the parmigiano (real parmigiano reggiano, aged 24 months, yay!) and the champagne 😉 . You have me craving some of this risotto, now! Loreto makes an amazing spinach artichoke dip, I will ask him to make some and then have it with a risotto! Thank you for the inspiration, my friend!

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