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Alfredo Risoni

Alfredo Risoni is a unique side dish that is calorie conscious. It combines orzo pasta with cauliflower rice in a creamy Alfredo sauce.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 207 kcal
Author Foodtastic Mom


  • 1 1/2 cups dry risoni (or orzo) pasta
  • 10 oz bag of frozen cauliflower rice
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3/4 cup fat free half and half
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. Microwave the bag of cauliflower rice according to package directions.

  2. Melt two tablespoons of the butter in a large, non-stick frying pan.

  3. Add the cooked cauliflower to the pan and cook for a few minutes. Set off the heat while preparing the risoni.

  4. Boil a pot of salted water and cook the risoni or orzo pasta according to the box directions.

  5. Drain the pasta.

  6. Return the pan with the caulflower rice to the stove top over medium heat.

  7. Add the remaining two tablespoons of butter and stir together the cauliflower rice and risoni until the butter is melted.

  8. Add the garlic and cook for a couple of minutes until fragrant.

  9. Stir in the lemon juice and fat free half and half. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring often, until starting to thicken.

  10. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and cook briefly, stirring often, until it's melted into the risoni.

  11. Stir in the parsley off heat. Season with salt and pepper and serve.