15 Fantastically Easy Risotto Recipes

Amazing Risotto Is Easier to Make Than You Think

Mushroom Risotto

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Every home cook should learn how to cook risotto. The name itself scares many people—but risotto is not as challenging to make as all your favorite cooking shows would make it seem. All it takes is a heavy skillet, a burner, a spoon, and some rice and broth. Start to finish, a perfect risotto takes only about 30 minutes to make.

The secret to great risotto is actually very simple: keep stirring. The stirring action helps the rice release starch as it cooks, which makes the risotto creamy. Rice has a tendency to sink to the bottom of the mixture and stick to the bottom of the pan—so keep it moving.

Arborio rice is traditional, but you can use long-grain white rice; the end result just won't be quite as creamy. Here are some fabulous risotto recipes, including one for baked risotto, and another that is stirred only twice if you don't want to stand over the stove.

Once you know how to make a risotto, use your own favorite ingredients and create your own masterpiece.

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    Easy Traditional Risotto

    Easy Traditional Risotto

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    Using freshly grated Parmesan cheese in this easy traditional risotto recipe is a must. A good-quality white wine will also enhance the flavor of this easy risotto recipe. Ready on your table in about 30 minutes, this dish is a great weeknight meal when you're craving comfort food.

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    Mushroom Risotto

    Mushroom risotto

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    The real magic in this mushroom risotto recipe comes from using mushroom stock, but any vegetable stock can be substituted. Meaty mushrooms give a savory, rich flavor to this tasty vegetarian risotto dish that makes a great lunch or dinner option.

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    Crock Pot Ham and Pea Risotto

    Risi e bisi, rice and peas with ham and grated cheese
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    When you think about it, the low, slow heat of a slow cooker is the perfect way to make risotto. This yummy crock pot ham and pea risotto recipe turns out very smooth and creamy. And it's so easy.

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    Long-Grain Rice Chicken Risotto

    Long grain rice chicken risotto recipe

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    Would you believe that regular long-grain rice works in this chicken risotto? The purists may stick to Arborio rice, which is certainly nice. However, this long-grain rice chicken risotto version is super easy and tastes so fantastic, we encourage you to try it. This is comfort food to the max. 

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    Baked Risotto Recipe

    Easy Baked Risotto

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    Baking the risotto in a hot oven, after the mixture is brought to a simmer on the stovetop, is a super-easy way of making this tasty rice side dish. You can add anything to this baked risotto recipe from peas to chopped cooked chicken or ham to this simple and savory recipe. 

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    Savory Chicken Risotto

    Chicken Risotto

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    Here's a great way to use up leftover cooked chicken (or use a supermarket rotisserie chicken), which adds satisfaction to a classic risotto recipe. Serve this easy, 30-minute savory chicken risotto dinner on weeknights when you're craving something warm and filling, with a tossed green salad on the side.

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    Lobster Risotto

    Lobster risotto

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    When you're cooking to impress, look no further than this divinely decadent lobster risotto recipe that's surprisingly simple to put together. Wow your dinner guests with this rich dinner recipe, that's made with Arborio rice, lobster meat, white wine, garlic, shallots, and homemade or prepared stock.

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    Spicy Risotto With Red Pepper Recipe

    Spicy risotto with red pepper

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    Here's a low-fat vegetarian and vegan recipe for spicy risotto with red pepper, that gets plenty of kick from cayenne and red pepper flakes.

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    Asparagus Risotto

    Asparagus risotto

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    The fresh, grassy taste of asparagus brings a spring-like flavor to this elegant asparagus risotto dish. Serve it as the perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken or fish.

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    Pancetta Risotto Recipe

    Pancetta risotto recipe
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    This salty, savory pancetta risotto recipe makes the most of pancetta's salty flavor. Cubed pancetta (or bacon) is heated in some oil until it's brown and crispy. The Arborio rice is then added to the rendered pancetta fat, infusing it with meaty flavor. Sweet green peas add a freshness that balances the tastes of the pancetta, making this another classic variation on the traditional Italian risotto.

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    Gourmet Vegetarian Risotto With Truffle Oil

    Vegetarian mushroom risotto with white wine, butter and cream

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    Gourmet vegetarian risotto with truffle oil is rich, decadent, and packed with flavor, thanks to a generous amount of fresh mushrooms, whole milk, butter, white wine, cheese, and sensuous truffle oil. OK, it's not exactly diet food, but this vegetarian entrée is fancy enough for dinner parties, satisfying enough to fill you up on its own, and full of depth. You might even convert some non-vegetarians with this recipe.

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    Vegan Risotto With Sun-Dried Tomatoes

    Vegan risotto with sun-dried tomatoes

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    Vegan risotto with sun-dried tomatoes is a decadent, delicious vegetarian and dairy-free vegan main dish. Flavored with fresh basil and parsley, this Italian sun-dried tomato risotto recipe makes a colorful rice entrée.

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    Brown Rice and Mushroom Risotto Recipe

    Brown rice and mushroom risotto

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This modern take on risotto uses short-grain brown rice (brown Arborio rice), mushrooms, peas, sage, and Parmesan cheese for a fabulous result. The rice takes a little longer to cook than white rice, but the flavor makes the time involvement absolutely = worth it. Everyone will love this brown rice and mushroom risotto recipe.

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    Risotto With Amarone Wine (Risotto all'Amarone)

    Risotto with Amarone wine (Risotto all'Amarone)

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    Rich, red-colored risotto all'Amarone is cooked with Amarone della Valpolicella wine, for a decadent preparation that looks impressive but can be ready in less than 30 minutes. Risotto with Amarone wine is perfect for a late-night supper for two, or as an impressive first course at a dinner party with invited guests.

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    Pressure Cooker Risotto

    Risotto served in a bowl
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    This easy pressure cooker risotto recipe is simply foolproof and delivers a great-tasting rice dish. You can use the traditional Arborio rice for classic results, but in a pinch, medium-grain rice also can work well.