A staple in many Italian meals is the versatile rice dish that we all know (and love) as risotto. With a few additions and substitutions, this popular side dish recipe gets a healthy makeover! By adding veggies, and using whole grain brown rice, this Vegetarian Crock Pot Risotto Recipe has just 5 Points per serving. Not too shabby. Plus, it’s loaded with fiber and tastes great! It makes a delicious and healthy side dish recipe that’s perfect to compliment your favorite Weight Watchers main dish. I just served this risotto at a party recently, and it was a big hit. Plus, who doesn’t love easy, low calorie crock pot recipes!?!

Slow Cooker Cheesy Risotto Recipe

The perfect Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipe that tastes great and is a great accompaniment to many meals. Cheesy and healthy, this Crock Pot Risotto is sure to be a hit! And though it’s not an official one of Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Recipes, it should be – it’s fabulous!


  • 1 cup short-grain brown rice
  • 4 cups fat free vegetable broth
  • 1 cups water
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 large fennel bulbs, cored and finely diced
  • 2 cups frozen French-cut green beans
  • 1/3 cup green onions, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Spray the inside of a 4-quart or larger slow cooker with non fat, butter flavored cooking spray.
  2. Crush fennel seeds with a rolling pin or the bottom of a saucepan.
  3. Combine the fennel seeds, diced fennel, rice, carrot, shallot and garlic in the slow cooker. Add broth, 1 cup water and wine, and stir to combine. Cover and cook until the rice is tender, but pleasantly chewy, and the risotto is thick and creamy, 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours on high or low.
  4. Shortly before serving, cook green beans according to package instructions and drain.
  5. Turn off the slow cooker. Stir the green beans, mushrooms, green onions, Parmesan, yogurt, lemon zest and pepper into the risotto. If it seems dry, heat the a bit more water and stir it into the risotto.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 3-4 hours

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet (other): Reduced fat

Number of servings (yield): 6

Meal type: dinner

Culinary tradition: Italian

Entire recipe makes 6 servings
Serving size is 1 cup
Each serving = 5 Points

PER SERVING: 212 calories; 3g fat; 35 g carbohydrates; 11 g protein; 8 g fiber


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