Lemon Risotto Croquettes with Pesto Recipe

Lemon Risotto Croquettes with Pesto Recipe

These delicious croquettes are perfect served as an appetiser with pesto dipping sauce or as a vegetarian meal with marinara sauce topped with shaved parmesan and fresh basil.

Serves 4-5



Lemon Risotto Croquettes with Pesto Recipe

By: Lisa Guy

These delicious gluten-free croquettes are perfect served as an appetiser or as a vegetarian meal topped with marinara sauce, parmesan and fresh basil.


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  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • ½ small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 4 cups broth (chicken or vegetable)
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 whole lemon zest & juice
  • ¾ cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • Pesto, to serve


  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 3 mins until soft. Stir through rice and cook for another minute.
  • Add a ladle full of warm broth and wait for the rice to absorb it before adding another ladle full. Repeat this until broth is gone. Add extra water if needed to cook until rice is al dente. Gently stir through lemon juice, zest and parmesan cheese.
  • Allow risotto to cool so it is easy to handle.
  • You will need two shallow bowls. Place 1 egg whisked in a little milk in one bowl, and then breadcrumbs in another bowl.
  • Form balls with 2 tbsp of cooled risotto then place them on a tray.
  • Dip each ball in egg, and then the breadcrumbs. Firmly press the breadcrumbs into the balls so they’re well covered.
  • Pan fry the balls in a little olive oil over medium heat, until they are golden brown.
  • Serve warm with dipping bowl with pesto.


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Lisa Guy

Lisa Guy

Lisa Guy is a respected Sydney-based naturopath, author and passionate foodie with 16 years of clinical experience. She runs a naturopathic clinic in Rose Bay called Art of Healing and is the founder of Bodhi Organic Tea.

Lisa is a great believer that good wholesome food is one of the greatest pleasures in life and the foundation of good health. Lisa encourages her clients to get back to eating what nature intended: good, clean, wholesome food that’s nutrient-rich and free from high levels of sugars, harmful fats, artificial additives and pesticides. Her aim is to change the way people eat, cook and think about food.

Lisa is an avid health writer, being a regular contributor to The Sunday Telegraph's Body and Soul, and leading magazines including WellBeing. Lisa is an author of five books to date, including My Goodness: all you need to know about children’s health and nutrition , Pregnancy Essentials, Heal Yourself, Listen to your Body and Healthy Skin Diet .

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