Cauliflower and Leek Risotto

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

This simple and elegant recipe is from chef Mark Kiffin (of Compound Restaurant, Santa Fe) and was published in Gourmet Magazine (Oct. 2003). He recommendes using Carnaroli rice which you can find at Italian markets, but Arborio will do.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash leek well in a bowl of cold water, then lift out and drain. Blanch leek and cauliflower in a 4- to 5-quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, 1 minute. Drain in a sieve and transfer to a bowl of cold water to stop cooking. Drain well.
  2. Bring broth and water to a boil in a 2- to 3-quart saucepan and keep broth at a bare simmer, covered.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a 4-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat until foam subsides, then sauté cauliflower and leek, stirring, 2 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add 1 cup simmering broth and cook at a strong simmer, stirring, until absorbed, about 2 minutes. Continue simmering and adding broth, about 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently and letting each addition be absorbed before adding the next, until rice is just tender and creamy looking, 20 to 25 minutes. (There may be leftover broth.)
  4. Remove from heat and stir in cheese, remaining tablespoon butter, and salt and pepper to taste. Thin with a little remaining broth as desired and serve immediately.
Most Helpful

Really nice! I also didn't follow the recipe exactly and I took the suggestion from flying_kiwi of adding white wine with the stock and adding garlic. Yum! Thanks for the recipe!

chocolatechip October 09, 2008

Yum, I love risotto. 4 stars as I didn't follow exactly, I added about a half cup of white wine with the stock. Will make again but add some garlic next time too. Thanks for sharing.

flying_kiwi July 30, 2008