Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"Bachelor's fare: Bread, cheese, and kisses." -Jonathan Swift, Author

The refrigerator light goes on...

Risotto is certainly one of my favorite dishes to make and making it a part of your cupboard is a really smart thing. If you have arborio rice, you almost always have a meal.

This is a good example of how easy it is to create a whole new dish with fresh flavors from just a few, inexpensive ingredients. The paprika gives it just a little spice, the chicken thighs a good depth of flavor, the zucchini and peppers sweetness and the gouda a soft smoky undertone.

This is a great guide for you to use to create your own risottos. Start with onions, shallots, or leeks. Add some garlic or spice, possibly some seafood or chicken, and maybe some veggies.


Smoked Gouda Risotto with Chicken

Servings: 2 | Serving size: about 2 cups

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied and makes great leftovers.

Smoked Gouda Risotto with Chicken recipe from Dr. Gourmet


  • 6 ounces boneless, skinless, chicken thighs (trimmed and diced)
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup arborio rice
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 medium zucchini (diced)
  • 1 bottled roasted red pepper (thinly sliced)
  • 2 ounces smoked gouda (shredded)

Place a medium skillet over medium heat.

When the pan is hot the chicken and cook until the outside is light brown.

Add the onions and garlic.

Cook for about 3 minutes until slightly softened. Stir frequently.

Add the arborio rice and paprika and stir well.

Cook for about 2 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add the salt, pepper and water.

Stir and when the rice is simmering reduce the heat to low.

Let the risotto simmer for about 10 – 15 minutes.

When the rice is almost done, add the zucchini and red pepper.

Stir and add a little more water if needed. Cook for two to five minutes until the zucchini has a bit of color on it

Add the gouda and fold in gently.

When the cheese is melted, serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: about 2 cups

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 440 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value
Total Fat 12g 16%
  Saturated Fat 6g 31%
  Monounsaturated Fat 3.5g
  Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 110mg 37%
Sodium 470mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 53g 19%
    Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
    Sugars 8g
Protein 30g
Vitamin A 14% Vitamin C 69%
Calcium 19% Iron 21%
Vitamin K 10mcg Potassium 700mg