This Leek and Fennel Risotto is made with cassava orzo for a grain-free variation of this classic dish. It’s AIP, paleo, easy and delicious.
This dish brings together the subtle flavors of leek and fennel with fresh thyme and grain-free orzo for a simple and delicious AIP dish. You won’t miss the rice!
Here’s what you need for this Leek and Fennel Risotto:
- grain-free orzo – I use Jovial’s cassava-orzo. The texture is perfect for this dish. As noted below, cauliflower rice is a potential substitute, but it won’t be as creamy or hearty.
- extra virgin olive oil
- bone broth or chicken stock – ensure the ingredients are AIP compliant and unsalted, or adjust for salt accordingly.
- full fat, additive free coconut milk – ensure the ingredients are simply coconut and water
- apple cider vinegar
- fresh thyme – you can substitute for dried thyme if necessary
Can I substitute the orzo?
The dish won’t be as hearty and I haven’t tried this substitution myself but you could try some riced cauliflower here in place of the orzo. You don’t want the cauliflower to get too mushy and the liquid will reduce a lot faster so if you try this variation, be mindful that your cooking time will be less. Readers have also had success adding a bit of arrowroot starch with this substitution to thicken the sauce!
What can I serve this with?
I absolutely love this meal with poultry such as this Crispy Chicken with Spring Veggies or Crispy and Juicy Air Fryer Chicken. For a quick side, you could also bake some bacon as the risotto simmers and crumble that on top. A light and bright salad like this Shaved Vegetable Spring Salad or Mango Arugula Salad is a great accompaniment.
Can I substitute the leeks or fennel?
You can, but I wouldn’t recommend it. These really give this dish its complexity and depth of flavor. In a pinch, you could shallots in place of leeks and mushrooms in place of the fennel, but you won’t get that lovely liquorice base that the delicious fennel provides.
If you enjoyed this Risotto you might also be interested in:
- Creamy Garlic Pork and Spinach
- Easy Paleo Pasta Salad
- AIP Pasta Carbonara
- Crispy Chicken with Spring Veggies
- Chicken Meatballs in Mushroom Cream Sauce
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