Risotto with Turkey & Peppers

The theme for Monday posts in February is Risotto.

I make risotto a lot ! There are over 75 recipes for risotto on this blog: Risotto.

I make it because it’s easy, quick, a great way to use leftovers / clean out the fridge, and healthy (relatively).

I’m on a mission to prove that all the ‘tv chefs’ that say it’s hard (it’s not), you have to stir constantly (you don’t), you have to add tons of butter at the end to make it creamy (you don’t), etc. are wrong.

Now I will have to admit the truth. I can and do make ‘proper’ risottos, but most of the ones I make have too much ‘condimenti’. I make it for a main course. An Italian risotto is normally served before the main course, as a first course. Regardless – we love them all.

This is one of those….

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Risotto with Turkey & Peppers

This is a great way to use leftover turkey but we use turkey cutlets. Chicken breasts would be a good choice, also.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Risotto


  • 2/3 cup  (4.2oz, 125gr) Arborio rice (or other rice specifically for risotto – Carnaroli or Vialone Nano)
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) dry, white wine
  • 2 1/4 cups (18oz, 540ml) chicken broth
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1/2 cup (2oz, 60gr) Parmesan cheese – freshly grated
  • Condimenti:
  • 6oz (180gr) turkey cutlet or tenderloin, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 810 olives, pitted black, Greek olives (you could use Kalamata), chopped
  • 2 tsp olive oil


  • Heat chicken broth and keep hot over low heat.
  • In medium saucepan heat butter over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion and sauté until transparent.
  • Add rice and sauté stirring, for 2 – 3 minutes until rice has white center.
  • Add white wine and stir.
  • Start condimenti.
  • When wine is almost absorbed add a 1/3 cup of broth and stir.
  • When broth is almost absorbed add another 1/3 cup and continue adding 1/3 cup at a time and stirring.
  • Before the last 1/3 cup is added taste a few kernels of rice. They should be just ‘al dente’ – slightly resistant to the tooth but fully cooked.
  • If more broth is needed add it 1 tbs at a time and waiting until almost completely absorbed.
  • Add the condimenti, Parmesan, spoon into a bowl or risotto platter and serve immediately.
  • Condimenti:
  • Heat olive oil in nonstick skillet.
  • Add onion and sauté 5 minutes.
  • Add peppers and sauté 5 minutes longer.
  • Add turkey and sauté until done, 7 – 9 minutes.
  • Add olives and stir to combine.
  • Reduce heat and keep warm until needed for risotto.


There is no need to stir constantly but do stir from time to time.
Add the condimenti when the risotto is thick but not stiff – there is still visible liquid and it will not hold it’s shape on a plate.
It will continue to absorb liquid and the leftovers (if any) will be quite stiff. The risottos that we have eaten in northern Italy have all been served in soup plates (flattish bowls) and eaten with a spoon – not a fork.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 618
  • Sugar: 6.3 g
  • Sodium: 1732.4 mg
  • Fat: 19.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.4 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 62.9 g
  • Fiber: 3.4 g
  • Protein: 36.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 81.5 mg
Turkey & Pepper Risotto

Or Turkey & Cabbage Risotto

That’s it !

2 thoughts on “Risotto with Turkey & Peppers”

  1. Yummo!! I know, I’ve said it a million times here, but I love risotto.

    By the way, it took me four tries to get past that ‘checking the browser’ robot thing on Monday’s post but it finally took my comment.

    • It’s the rock / hard place for me and this blog. After the host turned the Captcha off my resource usage shot way up. I’ve spent the last 3 weeks trying to get it down. They suggested I hire someone to fix the issue at $50.00 an hour (or an annual contract of $500.00) Or I could let them cut me off mid-month or go up a plan level for double the outrageous price I’m already paying. I told them to turn it back on.
      There were a lot of little fixes that reduced it, but not enough.

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