Recipe courtesy of Katie Lee Biegel

Cauliflower "Risotto" with Snap Peas and Mushrooms

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When the cauliflower risotto trend started, I was the first in line to buy a ticket and hop on the train. I keep bags of cauliflower rice in my freezer, and whenever I need a quick side dish, especially on a weeknight, I saute it in a skillet with a little butter. For something a little more special, I like to cook it in the style of "risotto," like this. It gets creamy and, while not exactly like the real thing, it certainly does the trick.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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  1. Cut the cauliflower into chunks. Working in batches, pulse the cauliflower in a food processor until coarse in texture, like rice. Reserve 4 cups for this recipe and save any leftovers for another use.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter with the garlic. Stir in the mushrooms and cook until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove and discard the garlic, then season the mushrooms with salt and pepper.
  3. Increase the heat to medium-high and stir in the cauliflower. Saute for 1 to 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of the broth and simmer until the liquid has mostly evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the sugar snaps, remaining broth and salt to taste. Add pea shoots. Simmer until the liquid is almost gone, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and half of the cheese, stirring until the cheese has melted. Adjust seasonings. Stir in the remaining cheese. Serve hot.

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