Risoni may look like rice, but it’s actually short cut pasta. It’s also called orzo, and I love it. Why? Because it’s super quick and easy to cook. I’m talking 10 minutes, that’s half the time of rice. In fact, this whole recipe takes 20 minutes to make from start to finish. Plus, its completely dinner party worthy. Yep, it is really that yum! Think softly smoked salmon, creamy ricotta cheese, zesty lemon and fresh dill. If you want a weeknight meal that’s BIG on flavour and small on cooking time, give this quick and easy recipe a go.

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Risoni with Ricotta, Smoked Salmon and Garden Vegetables

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  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


Softly smoked salmon, creamy ricotta cheese, zesty lemon and fresh dill on a bed of risoni pasta. It’s official. This quick and easy weeknight dinner is a flavour sensation.


  • 150g rissoni
  • 1 small zuchinni
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 150g portion of hot smoked salmon
  • 50g ricotta
  • 2 tbs dill


  • Cook risoni in a large saucepan, according to packet directions.
  • Meanwhile chop the woody ends off the asparagus and slice the asparagus spears into 3 cm/ 1 inch pieces, slice the zucchini into discs, and finely chop 2 tbs of dill. Juice and zest a lemon and set aside in a bowl.
  • When the risoni has 3 minutes left to cook, add in the zucchini and asparagus. When the risoni and veggies are cooked, take the saucepan off the heat and strain.
  • Put the risoni and veggies back into the saucepan and place on the stove over a medium heat. Stir through the spinach, lemon juice and zest, olive oil, and 1 tbs of dill. Stir until the spinach has wilted and all the ingredients are warmed through.
  • Divide the risoni between two bowls and top each with flaked pieces of the smoked salmon fillet, crumbled ricotta and the remaining dill.


  • Boil water for pasta the You Totally Got This way. Boil your kettle, then pour the boiling water into a saucepan on high heat. You will have a pot of boiling water within minutes. Nobody needs to be standing around the kitchen waiting for water to boil – B.O.R.I.N.G!
  • Leftover risoni? It’s traditionally used in soup. Why don’t you try this Italian Style Risoni Soup.

If you make my Risoni remember to share it with me on Instagram. I love seeing and sharing your creations. Plus, one lucky reader each month will win their own You Totally Got This grocery bag. You can find me @youtotallygotthis  – don’t forget to set your account to public and use the hashtag #youtotallygotthis so I can find you.

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