Risotto is great. This tasty north Italian dish is delicious, filling, and just a bit decadent. But a lot of people feel intimidated at the thought of making it themselves. If you fall into this camp, never fear because we’ve gathered 7 delicious and amazingly easy risotto recipes.
1. Low-Maintenance Risotto
Our first risotto recipe bears the promising name of “low-maintenance risotto.” It takes about 15 minutes of hand-on preparation and another 20 minutes to cook.
- 3 tablespoons butter (unsalted)
- 1 medium onion
- salt and pepper
- 1 cup Arborio rice
- 1/2 cup dry white whine
- 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
For cooking instructions, visit Real Simple.
2. Easy Risotto with Bacon and Peas
Our next risotto recipe represents something of a departure from the traditional, but if you don’t mind that, you’ll find it’s quite delicious. It’s also very easy, with very few ingredients:
- 6 strips bacon
- 1 onion
- 300 grams risotto rice
- 1 liter vegetable stock
- 100 grams frozen peas
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- parmesan cheese
The cooking on this is quite simple. First, chop the onion and the bacon. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a bit of butter, and fry the onions in it until they’ve begun to brown. Next, add the bacon and continue frying until the bacon starts getting crispy.
Pour in the rice and the vegetable stock, and bring it all to a boil. Stir it all together well, then turn the heat to low and cover. Let it cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is nearly done. Add the frozen peas, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Once the peas are done, you’re ready to eat. Sprinkle a little freshly grated parmesan cheese and some black pepper over the top and enjoy!
3. Mushroom Risotto
Simply Recipes provides our next risotto recipe, and it adds mushrooms into the mix, to give a fun new take on the traditional risotto.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups flavorful mushrooms (such as shiitake, chanterelle, or oyster mushrooms)
- 2/3 cup white wine, vermouth or brandy
- 5-6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 1/3 cup peeled and minced shallots or 1/3 cup chopped onion
- 1 3/4 cups risotto rice
- 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives or parsley
- salt and pepper
Put the stock in a saucepan and simmer it. In another pan, melt the butter and sauté the shallots and mushrooms for about 5 minutes, then mix in the rice.
Add the wine, and bring it all to a boil. After about 4 minutes, when the liquid has reduced by about half, start adding the stock in gradually, 1/2 cup at a time. Let each half cup of stock absorb before adding more.
When all the stock has been added, mix in the parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with the fresh chives, and enjoy!
4. Lemony Shrimp and Arugula Risotto
If you like shrimp, you’ll love this next variation. Much like previous risotto recipes, it uses butter, an onion, Arborio rice, white wine, chicken broth, parsley and parmesan. However it adds in lemon zest, baby arugula and delicious shrimp.
The cooking method is similar to many other risotto recipes, with the shrimp and arugula added in the last stages to keep them from becoming overcooked.
For more information, please see the original recipe here.
5. Lobster Risotto
If you don’t mind investing a little more money and time into your risotto recipes, this lobster risotto is absolutely to die for. Plus, it may not end up being quite as expensive as it sounds, given that it stretches two lobsters into a meal for six people.
This recipe assumes that you’re starting with whole, live lobsters, and suggests you plan on a total of 1 hour and 45 minutes of preparation time. For specific instructions and ingredients, please visit chow.com.
6. Simple Creamy Chicken Risotto
Of all of the risotto recipes on the list, this may just be the easiest. Instead of making this one from scratch and requiring lots of stirring and preparation, it relies heavily on canned soups. Whether or not it becomes one of your favorites, this risotto recipe is definitely doable, and it can be a great choice for the nights when you are low on time and energy. Find the full recipe here.
7. Pumpkin Risotto
Our final risotto recipe follows the general risotto pattern, but with the exciting addition of pumpkin. Although pumpkin in a risotto recipe may sound unusual, it actually is quite delicious. This recipe only takes about 30 minutes to cook, which will come in handy if pumpkin risotto ends up your new favorite recipe. You can find the full recipe at food.com.