Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  267
  • Protein  8 g
  • Carbohydrates  43 g
  • Fat  7 g
  • Cholesterol  17 mg
  • Sodium  100 mg
  • Potassium  184 mg
  • Phosphorus  66 mg
  • Calcium  46 mg
  • Fiber  2.9 g

Cranberry and Roasted Garlic Risotto

DaVita dietitian Jennifer’s kidney-friendly recipe for Cranberry and Roasted Garlic Risotto is ideal for a cozy meal at home with family, and special enough to dazzle guests.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Jennifer from New Jersey.

Portions: 4     Serving size: 3/4 cup


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons roasted garlic
  • 1 cup onion
  • 3/4 cup Arborio rice, uncooked
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup sweetened, dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Grease a covered casserole dish.
  2. Mince onion.
  3. Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add roasted garlic and onion in saucepan and cook over medium heat until soft.
  4. Add rice and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add broth and dried cranberries to rice mixture. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Pour into casserole dish. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top. Serve immediately.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 starch
  • 1 fruit, low potassium
  • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • Prepare roasted garlic from's recipe for Roasted Garlic or use bottled garlic spread.
    • Arborio rice is medium-grain rice with a high starch content. It is grown in Italy and is traditionally used in risotto recipes.

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Cranberry and Roasted Garlic Risotto

sylverry says:


Hello, I am new to dialysis and am learning. I was wondering if I could substitute mushrooms for the cranberries? Thank you. Dietitian comment: I'm unsure about the finished recipe quality with mushroom substitution, but nutrient changes include 50 fewer calories, 13 g fewer carbohydrates, 100 mg more potassium, and 16 mg more phosphorus per serving[INVALID]Still acceptable for a kidney diet.

Mar. 19, 2014, 6:12 PM - Inappropriate review?

Cranberry and Roasted Garlic Risotto

marianna says:


I made this again, only this time, I used the Arborio rice and I'm glad I did. It was even more delicious than the first time I made it (using regular rice.) I thought it added a nice rich creamy texture, and I also used some bottled garlic I bought (in olive oil) and it was YUMM-O!!! I could NEVER get tired of this one!

Feb. 02, 2012, 2:08 PM - Inappropriate review?

Cranberry and Roasted Garlic Risotto



Since my husband is Italian this recipe is perfect for him, however low sodium chicken and broth have MSG, something my husband is not allowed to have, so I used regular broth or I make my own stock.

Jun. 17, 2010, 6:14 AM - Inappropriate review?

Cranberry and Roasted Garlic Risotto

lewislh says:


This is delicious, different, and so easy to make. We love it.

May. 21, 2010, 4:34 PM - Inappropriate review?

Cranberry and Roasted Garlic Risotto

jk4195 says:


This is really good and a frequent side dish in our house! It is simple to make with minimal preparation. Just be sure to bake the risotto long enough; when undercooked even a little, the dish loses a lot of appeal. When cooked just right, it tastes great! Good with leftovers as well, so it can go a long way! Try it, you'll love it!

May. 29, 2008, 8:05 AM - Inappropriate review?

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