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Cauliflower Risotto with Caramelized Pears, Blue Cheese and Walnuts

Cauliflower Risotto with Caramelized Pears, Blue Cheese and Walnuts

Cauliflower Risotto with Caramelized Pears, Blue Cheese and Walnuts: A healthy and gluten-free makeover of a traditional risotto packed with flavor! Easy 30-minute step-by-step recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine European
Keyword cauliflower rice risotto, cauliflower risotto, pear blue cheese risotto
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 208kcal


  • 2 pears
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 medium-sized Romanesco cauliflower or regular
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 glass white wine optional
  • 450 ml or 1/2 qt vegetable broth
  • 50 grams or 1.8 oz Parmesan (or any other hard cheese for vegetarians)
  • 70 grams or 2.5 oz blue cheese
  • a handful walnuts
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • parsley to serve


  • Preheat the oven to 180° C or 350° F. Cut each pear into 8 wedges and remove the seeds. Place the wedges on a backing dish covered with parchment paper in a single layer. Coat them in honey from all sides. If your honey is no liquid enough, microwave it for 20 seconds. Put the pears in the oven for 20 minutes. 5 minutes before the end, add walnuts to the backing dish or microwave them for 30 seconds to release the flavor.
  • Meanwhile, cut the cauliflower into florets. Pulse them in a food processor until they resemble small grains of rice. Set a pot with the vegetable broth on medium-low heat.
  • Finely chop garlic cloves and a shallot. Set a skillet with a lug of olive oil over medium heat. Sauté for about 2 minutes or until translucent. Add the cauliflower rice and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add white wine (if using, if not - use a bit more vegetable stock). Let the wine evaporate and add the broth. Cook until the liquid is mostly absorbed, stirring occasionally, for around 15-20 minutes until soft but not mushy.
  • Dice the blue cheese, grate Parmesan and roughly chop the toasted walnuts. Add to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with honey-glazed pears and chopped parsley. Enjoy!


Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 9.6mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.5mg