Summer Farmers’ Market Risotto


Summer Farmers’ Market Risotto is packed with fresh, summer farmers’ market finds.

Summer Farmers Market Risotto |

Howdy, all – hope you had a nice weekend!

It was crazy gorgeous around here (albeit HOT!) so I had a little fun in the sun starting with a visit to the Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning with Lincoln and my Mom. It was so nice to get back and see how much the produce has changed in the past month!

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The sweet corn was stacked high, melons were everywhere, and I even spied a few apples – squee!

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We stocked the stroller with tons of summer goodies, including juicy cherry tomatoes,


tender zucchini,


and precious baby boys. Lincoln falls asleep the second he gets packed up into his car carrier, so I’ve been running errands and doing things like visiting the market during his nap times. I’m able to be productive, and he sleeps right through it. Win, win! (Geez, his little hands look enormous in this photo!)


One thing I was not prepared for was a few fall decorations out already. How do we feel about this? I adore the season but feel like I’ve been so busy the entire month of August that I didn’t really get a proper chance to say goodbye to summer. That being said, Iowa football starts next weekend and I CANNOT FREAKING WAIT!


Ahem! Anywho, I put all my Farmers’ Market finds to good use and made a big batch of fresh Summer Farmers’ Market Risotto for lunch on Saturday. It was ah-mazing!

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I used my standard risotto recipe, then packed it full of farmers’ market goodies like tomatoes, sweet corn, zucchini, and basil. This was fresh, light, creamy – so yummy. Plus it cooked in about 30 minutes. Totally doable. Every time I make risotto I fall more in love with it. I already have an epic fall version brewing in the back of my mind. Only a few more weeks until it’ll be seasonally appropriate to bust it out.

Unlike the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Pumpkin Ben surprised me with a few weeks ago. Unseasonably early candy never felt so right…nor tasted so good.

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Anyway, start the risotto by heating 3 – 3-1/2 cups chicken broth in a saucepan. You’ll be adding the broth to the risotto one ladleful at a time, and you want it to be hot so it doesn’t bring the temperature of the dish down. I used about 3-1/2 cups total, but you might need a little less. You could also use vegetable broth to make this a vegetarian dish!

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Meanwhile, heat 1 Tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat then saute 2 chopped green onions until tender, about 2-3 minutes. Add 2 minced garlic cloves then saute for 30 more seconds.

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Next add 3/4 cup arborio rice then stir to coat in the butter.

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Arborio rice is short and very starchy which is what makes risotto so deliriously, deliciously creamy. You can find it in any grocery store – look in the bulk bins to find the best deal.

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Now add 1/4 cup dry white wine (I used pinot grigio) then stir until the rice has nearly absorbed it. Next add 1 ladleful hot broth and stir until nearly absorbed. Keep adding the broth then stirring until nearly absorbed. The dish took about 30 minutes of active stirring time.

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I suggest pulling over a chair and putting on some tunes. Lazy? Maybe. Comfy? Yes!

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K, time to add the veggies!

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When there’s 1/3 of the broth left, add 1 small quartered/chopped zucchini (about 1 cup) then season with salt and pepper and stir, stir, stir.

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When there’s 1/4 of the broth left add 1 ear sweet corn cut off the cob (about 3/4 cup) then stir, stir, stir.

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Finally, with the last broth addition add 1 large chopped and seeded tomato (about 1 cup) and, say it with me, stir, stir, stir!

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Once all the broth has been absorbed, and the rice is tender, take the skillet off the heat then stir in 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, and a handful chopped basil. 

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Scoop the risotto onto plates, top with more fresh basil and parm, if you please, then enjoy!

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Summer Farmers’ Market Risotto

serves 2-3


Summer Farmers' Market Risotto is packed with fresh, summer farmers' market finds.


  • 3 - 3-1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt & pepper
  • 3/4 cup arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (I used pinot grigio)
  • 1 small zucchini, quartered and chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 ear sweet corn, kernels cut from cob (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • handful torn fresh basil


  1. Bring chicken broth to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat to low and keep hot.
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat then add green onions, season with salt and pepper, and then saute until tender, about 3 minutes. Add garlic then saute for 30 more seconds.
  3. Add rice then stir to coat in butter. Add wine then stir until nearly absorbed by rice. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth then stir constantly until broth is absorbed. Continue adding broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until nearly absorbed before adding more.
  4. When there’s 1/3 of the broth remaining, add zucchini, season with more salt and pepper, then continue stirring. When there's 1/4 of the broth left, add corn then continue stirring. Add the tomatoes with the last batch of broth then stir until absorbed.
  5. Take risotto off heat then stir in parmesan cheese and basil. Add more salt & pepper to taste then serve.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

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Risotto can be a really heavy dish loaded with butter and cheese, but this was fabulously light and fresh. A perfect way to use up all the veggies you picked up from the market this weekend.

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Oh, it’s also husband-approved! ;)

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  1. The risotto looks divine, but I especially love the photo of your husband lounging on the couch with a bowl of risotto. Ha! Way better than popcorn.

  2. Madison 08.26.2013

    This looks amazing and so fresh! I cannot wait to give it a try. :)

  3. Tieghan 08.26.2013

    Wow, your weather looks gorgeous! It has been rainy and fall like here all weekend, but I am so glade to see summer food today! This is so pretty and sounds so good! Perfect meal to end summer with!

  4. I am so not ready to let summer go yet. I heard on the news that there is a store out there that already has Christmas decorations in stock. It’s 95 degrees and you can’t get pool toys but you can get Christmas decorations. It’s insanity! I love getting excited for the upcoming season but I like to do it at the proper time. And let’s not rush these beautiful days out the door quite yet! Ok rant over. I love the tomatoes in your photos and that risotto looks yummy!

  5. this is the perfect transition into fall meal!

  6. Connie Conlon 08.26.2013

    You look absolutely radiant and the picture of Lincoln is priceless. Love seeing the pics and reading all your recipes !!

  7. Tom T. 08.26.2013

    I have never done well with risotto but have also never had this level of description on how to cook it. I may get inspired and try again. Thanks for the step-by-step, very helpful. I am in for college football, Big Ten style as well – go Bucks!

  8. Dena 08.26.2013

    I *KNOW* you are not back in your regular clothes already?!?!?! I mean, the gray shorts I’ve seen in pics before (don’t be scared, I don’t know ALL your clothes, just always liked the gray shorts…LOL!). That is amazing! I’ve never been brave enough to try Risotto, but I just may give it a whirl!

  9. Love risotto, love farmers markets… This is a great idea! Your risotto looks amazing!

  10. That is so nice that Lincoln instantly falls asleep in his carrier so that you can run errands with him. Getting to see that doable face while shopping is a major plus.
    I loooovveee risotto and your idea to sit while cooking it, haha. You look great, btw.
    This one looks like a winner, I can’t wait to try it!

  11. val 08.26.2013

    If I only have brown rice… do you think this recipe would work? This sounds awesome.

  12. Daniel 08.26.2013

    This looks like an excellent meal for the end of summer / early fall, Kristin. It seems to have a bit of summer and autumn mixed in.

  13. Katie 08.26.2013

    Wow, Lincoln just got here and you look fabulous! Great recipe too. We can’t wait for college football in my house either, but we’re Clemson and Nebraska fans!! Would love to see more pictures of y’alls new kitchen/house as well!

  14. kristin 08.26.2013

    I have always wanted to try to make risotto but the recipes seem a bit intimidating to me and I was scared I would screw it up. This looks totally doable (And delicious!). I’m definitely trying this ASAP. ps- LOVE the white top that you are wearing in your ‘sit and stir’ pic!! :)

  15. Elizabeth 08.26.2013

    That looks SO delicious. I am going to have to steal your idea of pulling over a stool next time I have to stand over the stove. :)

  16. I love how bright and colourful this is! Gorgeous :)

  17. Looks sooo yummy!

  18. Julia 08.26.2013

    This risotto looks so delicious–I love going to the farmers market and am always looking for recipes to use my veggies for!

  19. LRH 08.26.2013

    Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try!!
    Quick question… Do I need to blanch/boil the corn before adding it? Or just add it raw?
    I plan to make this for my family, with some grilled chicken on the side… Yummy!

  20. Anne [A Squared] 08.26.2013

    Yum! I could eat this for dinner every night in the summer.

  21. CJ 08.26.2013

    Can’t wait to try this. And as always, your little family cannot be any more adorable.

  22. Wendy 08.26.2013

    We went to our local farmers market this weekend and bought some tamales. The guy had his menu out and it had pupusas on it. I was telling my husband I wanted to try them, thanks to their starring role on IGE. The guy heard me and said he’s going to start bringing them, I can’t wait!

  23. Lisa 08.26.2013

    You look amazing! Congrats again on baby Lincoln! Love your site.

  24. Debtgirl 08.26.2013

    You 3 are as cute as can be!

  25. Candy 08.26.2013

    That picture of Lincoln….the legs bent up in the car seat….so stinkin’ cute!! I’ve never done risotto, but this looks really good.

  26. tiffany 08.26.2013

    I can’t wait yo h ave my bf make this for me..

    He od a sous chief here in kc mo

  27. Lisa Len 08.26.2013

    Fabulous recipe! I made tonight with my CSA veggies- loved it! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Alexa 08.27.2013

    Did the post get taken down for your recent hot dish with chicken, cashews, broccoli, etc? I can’t seem to find it and have it on my menu for this week. Thanks!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 08.28.2013

      Hi Alexa, I’m so sorry but some people were having trouble with the recipe so I took it down until I can figure out what went wrong. Again, I apologize for the trouble!

      • Alexa 08.28.2013

        No Worries! I just thought I was going crazy. =)

  29. Emily 08.27.2013

    That risotto looks delish! So colorful too. I agree about the chair; good idea! I love the pic of Lincoln; that is the cutest. Speaking of babies, I am pleased to announce I’m going to be a great aunt–again!! #soexcited Have a great day Iowa Girl!

  30. Kerri 08.27.2013

    Made this tonight right after seeing this. Turned out great thanks to your step by step directions and was seriously delicious!

  31. Coty and Maiah 08.27.2013

    We love it when we see recipes including things from the market! It’s so helpful.

  32. Pallavi 08.27.2013

    So many colors. I completely love it.

    It’s much better to make recipes out of natural and organic produce from farmer’s market then rely on the pre-cooked, packaged stuff you get in the store.

  33. Gillian 08.27.2013

    Wow, just made this risotto and it is AMAZING. Super easy and so much flavour! I will definitely be making this again.

  34. Jeri Wendzel 08.28.2013

    How did Ben manage to keep that all on that tiny little plate and not on that nice couch??

  35. Marit 08.28.2013

    Nothing like a Farmers Market tomato – such a difference between in-season and not! It’s the little things.

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  37. Gorgeous risotto! I love all of the fresh veggies in this – something that’s been lacking in our meals lately with the move and all!

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