Kale Risotto and Pepitas Recipe

Kale Risotto and Pepitas Recipe

  • Makes: 4 Servings
  • Ready In: 38 mins
  • Prep Time: 10-15 mins
  • Cook Time: 28-30 mins

Kale risotto and pepitas (aka pumpkin seeds): sound fancy? Looks fancy, too, yea? Here’s the thing: it’s not. And that’s what I love about this recipe. Well, that, and how delicious it is. See, I’m a total sucker for meals that sound elegant, maybe even like they were hard to make, but that actually come together in a snap.

    Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 336
  • Fat: 21g
  • Protein: 13g
  • Sodium: 965mg
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 8g


  1. 1/4 c olive oil
    1 onion, chopped
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 bunch kale, cleaned & chopped
    1 c aborio rice
    1/4 c white wine (optional)
    6-8 c broth (chicken or veggie)
    1/2 c pecorino cheese
    salt and pepper
    sweet & smoky pepitas


    1. Heat stock to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to lowest setting, keeping the broth hot but making sure that it doesn’t cook off.
    2. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
    3. Add onion and saute until translucent, about 2 minutes.
    4. Add garlic and kale. Saute until kale softens and turns bright green, another 3-4 minutes.
    5. Add rice, stirring to make sure that all of the grains get coated with oil, and cook until rice begins to turn translucent, another 2 minutes.
    6. Add wine. Cook until most of the liquid is absorbed.
    7. Begin adding broth, 1/2 cup at a time. Stir constantly, waiting for each batch of broth to be about 3/4 absorbed before adding the next. (One way to tell if it’s time to add more broth: your spoon should leave a trail that holds for a moment as you drag it across the bottom of the pan.)
    8. Risotto is done when the rice is al dente—is should be cooked through but still be a little toothsome. You may not use all of the broth. In fact, towards the end of the cooking process—which should take about 18-20 minutes—start tasting along the way and adding broth in amounts less than a 1/2 cup.
    9. Turn off heat. Stir in pecorino, salt and pepper and spiced pepitas (amount depends on you). Save a few pepitas for garnish on top.

Stacie Billis

Stacie Billis is a child development specialist and family food expert with a national client practice, as well as the voice behind award-winning site One Hungry Mama where she serves up easy tips and healthy recipes for the family kitchen.

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