No intimidation here—with these recipes you'll master the art of risotto in no time.
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.
View Recipe: Summer Lemon-Vegetable Risotto
Watch: How to Cook Risotto
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.
View Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Sugared Walnuts
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.”
View Recipe: Risotto with Butternut Squash, Pancetta, and Jack Cheese
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.
View Recipe: Risotto Primavera
Barley doesn't contain as much starch as rice, so this "risotto," although delicious, is not quite as creamy as traditional
View Recipe: Mushroom and Barley 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.
View Recipe: Spring Risotto
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.
View Recipe: Sweet Pea Risotto with Corn Broth
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.
View Recipe: Ruby Port and Rhubarb Risotto with Sugared Strawberries
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
View Recipe: Winter Squash Risotto with 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.
View Recipe: Risotto with Champagne and Radicchio
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.
View Recipe: Prosecco and Parmesan 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.
View Recipe: Shiitake and Sweet Pea 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.
View Recipe: Seafood 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.
View Recipe: Porcini Mushroom 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.
View Recipe: Spring Asparagus Risotto
In this recipe, Caprese salad meets risotto. Anyone else think this might be a lasting union?
View Recipe: Risotto with Fresh Mozzarella, Grape Tomatoes, and Basil
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.
View Recipe: Risotto with Italian Sausage, Caramelized Onions, and Bitter Greens
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.
View Recipe: Risotto Alle Vongole (Risotto with Clams)
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.
View Recipe: Lobster and Corn 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.
View Recipe: Monterey Jack, Corn, and Roasted Red Pepper Risotto
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.
View Recipe: Sage Risotto with Fresh Mozzarella and Prosciutto
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."
View Recipe: Bacon and Wild Mushroom Risotto with Baby Spinach
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.
View Recipe: Bacon and Leek Risotto
A sparkling risotto that truly satisfies. Stirring in a little broth at the end results in a creamier finish.
View Recipe: Champagne Risotto