Mushroom Kale Quinoa Risotto



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I think I’m about to make all the risotto lovers in the house really happy with this recipe.

Mushroom Kale Quinoa Risotto on a plate.

I found a way to not only make risotto healthy, but also incredibility quick and easy using quinoa. This recipe is vegan so there’s no cheese or cream involved and you don’t have to sit in front of the pot stirring for days on end. And yet, you still end up with a creamy, carby bowl of deliciousness — packed with protein and lots of veggies, of course.

Mushroom Kale Quinoa Risotto on a plate.

The secret ingredient? Imagine Natural Creamy Portobello Mushroom Soup.

The soup is rich, non-dairy, gluten-free and contains a full serving of vegetables in each cup. There’s no GMOs or artificial flavors, chemicals or preservatives.

I buy Imagine products all the time (especially the broths and stocks) so when the company reached out to me about creating a recipe using one of their creamy soups I quickly said yes. They have a bunch of creamy soups to choose from, but I was immediately drawn to the mushroom soup because it reminds me of my childhood. Cream of mushroom soup (the not so good for you kind) was a pantry staple, used to make casseroles by my mom. I thought about recreating a healthy version of my mom’s broccoli cheese casserole using Imagine’s creamy mushroom soup but ultimately decided to try my hand at a quinoa risotto dish instead.

But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time for me to recreate the broccoli cheese casserole… which now that I think about it, I should totally do soon because it’s an Easter dinner staple. I don’t know why I didn’t think about that until just now. Doh!

Mushroom Kale Quinoa Risotto on a plate.

Anyhow, I’m glad I went with the risotto because it turned out to be so creamy and flavorful! The portobello soup brings a burst of mushroom flavor, as well as, a rich and creamy texture to the quinoa. The sautéed kale, mushrooms and onions boost the veggie factor while the nutritional yeast brings the cheesy component that risotto is known for. Topped off with a garish of fresh parsley and chives, this dish is absolutely delicious.

I like that it’s fast and can easily be considered a weeknight meal, but it’s also fancy and pretty enough to serve to friends for a dinner party.

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Mushroom Kale Quinoa Risotto

Make risotto healthy and easy with this creamy quinoa risotto. Loaded with protein and veggies this “risotto” is dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free and utterly delicious!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 5


  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1-2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1-2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup Imagine Creamy Portobello Mushroom Soup, divided
  • ½ Tablespoon coconut oil
  • cup onion, chopped
  • ½ cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup kale, sliced thin
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons parsley, plus more for topping
  • chives, for topping
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste


  • Cooking quinoa according to package directions with vegetable broth or water. I used 1 cup vegetable broth and 1 cup water.
  • While quinoa is cooking, heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and mushrooms and cook for 3-5 minutes, until fragrant and soft. Season with salt and pepper. Add in garlic and kale and cook until kale is wilted. Remove from burner until quinoa is finished cooking.
  • Once quinoa is done, place the skillet with your kale back on the burner and add the cooked quinoa, ½ cup creamy portobello soup, lemon juice, nutritional yeast and parsley into the skillet. Stir until well-combined. Once liquid has been absorbed add in the remaining ½ cup creamy portobello soup and cook until mixture is thick and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm with parsley and chives as a garnish.


Serving: 1/5 of recipe | Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. I tried this recipe and was so happy with the end product. Everyone devoured! A new favorite. Thank you!

  2. so did I miss a step – just put the kale mix in with the quinoa-just this is something new for me.

    1. Hi Mickey. Sorry if it’s confusing. Once the quinoa is done cooking you put the skillet with the kale back on the heat and add your quinoa.

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