Risotto requires your attention while it cooks, but it really is simple to make. Master the basic recipe and then try one of our tasty variations
This is risotto at its most basic. Combine a few simple ingredients with a little bit of patience and you’ll be rewarded with a memorable dish. Follow this recipe and you’ll have perfect risotto every time.
Recipe: Parmesan Risotto
The bacon cooks with the rice and broth for a deep rich flavorful dish. If you can’t find taleggio, any soft Italian cheese will work in this recipe.
This hearty risotto comes from Denver chef Elise Wiggins. We love her the way she grills the kale before adding it to the risotto.
Sweet gorgonzola and bitter radicchio make a risotto that’s perfectly balanced. If you can’t find gorgonzola dolce, any mild, creamy blue will do.
Recipe: Gorgonzola and Radicchio Risotto
The best of spring produce comes together beautifully in this tangy, colorful risotto.
Moroccan ingredients work beautifully in risotto, too. San Francisco chef Mourad Lahlou likes scallops with the exotic flavors in this dish.
Add basil right before serving for a risotto with bright color and flavor.
Recipe: Basil Risotto
By deciding which mushroom to use, you can make this risotto as simple or exotic as you like. Substitute vegetarian broth for the chicken broth for your next meatless Monday dinner.
Recipe: Mushroom-Herb Risotto
This recipe from Miraval Resort and Spa near Tucson, Arizona uses fresh spinach broth and a small amount of cheese for a risotto that’s just right when something light is called for.
Recipe: Spinach Risotto with Roquefort
Have you ever bought a jar of Thai curry paste for one recipe and wondered what else you could make with it? Here’s the answer.
Recipe: Thai Red Curry Risotto
If you’re lucky enough to have leftover risotto, make this crowd-pleasing appetizer.
Recipe: Green Onion and Fontina Arancini