Risotto Recipes

No intimidation here—with these recipes you'll master the art of risotto in no time.

Healthy Summer Lemon-Vegetable Risotto Recipe

Photo: Randy Mayor

Healthy Risotto Recipes

Creamy, starchy risotto is a delicious way to transport your favorite ingredients. The key to risotto is stirring often in order to lure starch from the grains. For a quick lesson in risotto 101 refer to our guide, How to Make Risotto. With the basics out of the way, we'll start you off with Summer Lemon-Vegetable Risotto.

Packed with fresh ingredients, this dish is both filling and decidedly fresh. Reserving some of the cooking liquid for the very end helps to keep the risotto creamy.

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Healthy Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Sugared Walnuts

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Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Sugared Walnuts

Brown sugar ups the flavor in this dish. Brightly colored roasted butternut squash stand out against the risotto like a sinfully delicious invitation to enjoy. Just a bit of slightly salty pancetta lends just the note to finish off the flavor medley.

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Healthy Risotto with Butternut Squash, Pancetta, and Jack Cheese Recipe

Photo: Randy Mayor

Risotto with Butternut Squash, Pancetta, and Jack Cheese

This easy-to-make risotto is buttery, sweet, and creamy. While the pancetta makes it a savory meat-lovers' meal, momsdecoop also suggests making it vegetarian friendly, “This is a recipe I crave all the time and I don't have to feel guilty about it! I eliminated the pancetta and used veggie stock to serve this dish to vegetarians. They loved it.”

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Healthy Risotto Primavera

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Risotto Primavera

This risotto is studded with the color and vibrant flavor of fresh veggies. Although inexpensive, this dish is attractive and tasty enough to serve guests.

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Healthy Mushroom and Barley Risotto

Photo: John Autry

Mushroom and Barley Risotto

Barley doesn't contain as much starch as rice, so this "risotto," although delicious, is not quite as creamy as traditional recipes.

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Healthy Spring Risotto Recipe

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Spring Risotto

Fresh asparagus is most economical in the spring when it's in season. Before serving, garnish the risotto with a bit of shaved Parmesan cheese for a flavor kick.

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Healthy Sweet Pea Risotto with Corn Broth Recipe

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Sweet Pea Risotto with Corn Broth

Green peas add fiber, color, and a slightly sweet snap to each bite of this dish. Buying frozen peas saves time and allows you to enjoy their fresh flavor year-round. A quick rinse under cold running water is all that’s needed to thaw the frozen peas. Of course, if you happen to find some freshly shelled peas, feel free to substitute them for the frozen ones.

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Healthy Ruby Port and Rhubarb Risotto with Sugared Strawberries Recipe

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Ruby Port and Rhubarb Risotto with Sugared Strawberries

Risotto becomes a kind of rice pudding in this dish, with a sweet-tart syrup drizzled over the creamy rice. Fresh, sliced strawberries are both a vibrant color and flavor in this dish.

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Healthy Winter Squash Risotto with Radicchio Recipe

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Winter Squash Risotto with Radicchio

The natural sweetness of blue hubbard squash offsets the slightly bitter flavor of radicchio. Half-and-half adds to the creaminess of this main-dish risotto, but you can use milk as well. If you can't find blue hubbard, buttercup or butternut squash will work fine.

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Healthy Risotto with Champagne and Radicchio Recipe

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Risotto with Champagne and Radicchio

This recipe sounds, looks, and tastes sophisticated. With an elegant balance of flavors―tart Champagne, salty Parmesan, bitter radicchio, and sweet onion―it will impress at any meal, whether a weeknight family dinner or a fancy dinner party.

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Healthy Prosecco and Parmesan Risotto Recipe

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Prosecco and Parmesan Risotto

The pressure cooker creates creamy risotto in a hands-free way. We tried this with Carnaroli and Arborio; we liked the forgiving nature of Carnaroli, which remained al dente, while Arborio rice produced a softer grain in the cooker. Don't worry if the rice is a tad runny after cooking—it thickens as it stands before serving.

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Healthy Shiitake and Sweet Pea Risotto Recipe

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Shiitake and Sweet Pea Risotto

If you're intimidated by risotto you won't be after following this easy, impressive recipe. To make the dish completely meatless, use vegetable broth in place of chicken.

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Healthy Seafood Risotto Recipe

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Seafood Risotto

Risotto must be served immediately so you can best savor its rich creaminess. With this version, there's just enough for two healthful portions. Complete the meal with a salad, bread, and crisp white wine.

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Healthy Porcini Mushroom Risotto Recipe

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Porcini Mushroom Risotto

Feeling generous? Make a batch to keep for yourself, then prep one to share. To give as a gift, pour rice in a jar and top with dried mushrooms. Bundle the thyme and bay leaf in a cheese cloth sachet, and place in a jar. Along with a copy of this recipe, you could also give a bottle of red wine like Barbera or pinot noir or a wedge of Parmigiano-Reggiano.

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Healthy Spring Asparagus Risotto Recipe

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Spring Asparagus Risotto

Rich, creamy risotto is the perfect spotlight for fresh seasonal vegetables, and good chicken (or vegetable) broth is the key to a flavorful risotto. In the summer, try this dish with haricots verts or other snap beans: Skip the puree step and blanch the beans in boiling water for a minute or two before adding. In colder months, use butternut squash: Skip the pureeing as well, and sauté cubed squash in a little butter or olive oil until tender before adding.

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Creamy Butternut Squash Risotto

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Creamy Butternut Squash Risotto

The secret to this quick-cooking risotto? The microwave! (If you don't tell, no one will guess.) Serve as a side or add Roasted Brusels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze (just two ingredients more) for a satisfying meal.

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Healthy Risotto with Fresh Mozzarella, Grape Tomatoes, and Basil Recipe

Photo: Lee Harrelson

Risotto with Fresh Mozzarella, Grape Tomatoes, and Basil

In this recipe, Caprese salad meets risotto. Anyone else think this might be a lasting union?

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Healthy Risotto with Italian Sausage, Caramelized Onions, and Bitter Greens Recipe

Photo: Randy Mayor

Risotto with Italian Sausage, Caramelized Onions, and Bitter Greens

This recipe was featured in a story about balancing flavors. The golden-brown onions add sweetness, while the cheese brings a salty flavor, both tempering the bitter arugula. A garnish of sour lemon slices brightens the flavor.

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Healthy Risotto Alle Vongole Recipe

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Risotto Alle Vongole

In Italy, clams are as small as thumbnails and so flavorful that they hardly need any seasoning. Using the juice the clams give off as part of the cooking liquid for the rice imbues the risotto with clam flavor.

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Healthy Lobster and Corn Risotto Recipe

Photo: Randy Mayor

Lobster and Corn Risotto

Ask your fishmonger to steam the lobster for you. Lobster is certainly worth its price for this entrée, and since this recipe uses the shell to make a stock, none of it goes to waste. Shrimp (and their shells) makes a fine substitute.

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Healthy Monterey Jack, Corn, and Roasted Red Pepper Risotto Recipe

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Monterey Jack, Corn, and Roasted Red Pepper Risotto

This southwestern risotto is packed with delicious flavors that the whole family will love. Don't believe us? Our readers gave it five stars.

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Healthy Sage Risotto with Fresh Mozzarella and Prosciutto Recipe

Sage Risotto with Fresh Mozzarella and Prosciutto

Diced mozzarella melts but doesn't completely disperse in this rice-based risotto. Little pockets of warm cheese will surprise and please you. Substitute basil for sage, if desired.

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Bacon and Wild Mushroom Risotto With Baby Spinach

Photo: Randy Mayor

Bacon and Wild Mushroom Risotto With Baby Spinach

Crisp bacon brings crunchy texture and smoky flavor to this creamy, cheesy risotto dish. Associate food editor, Tim Cebula, raves, "Bacon and risotto: can't go wrong."

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Bacon and Leek Risotto

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Bacon and Leek Risotto

Swap out the chicken stock for vegetable stock and omit the bacon to make this dish vegetarian. We suggest you serve with sautéed Broccolini and a warm French bread baguette.

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Champagne Risotto with Peppers and Asparagus

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Champagne Risotto with Peppers and Asparagus

A sparkling risotto that truly satisfies. Stirring in a little broth at the end results in a creamier finish.

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