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Risotto gets a bad rap for being high-maintenance—the kind of dish that you have to spend hours stirring, arm getting sore as you pour in ladle after ladle of hot broth (only to have the rice turn out mushy). But with the right recipe and a little guidance, risotto can be a great (and even weeknight-friendly) option as a main or a side. Here are 17 of our favorites.

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Classic Parmesan Risotto

Let’s start with the basics.

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One-Pot Creamy Baked Risotto with Lemon Pepper Chicken

Make it once, eat it all week.

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Instant Pot Mushroom Risotto

Everyone’s favorite new gadget is a dream for making risotto; it’s done in 20 minutes, but tastes like you spent two hours stirring it on the stove.

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Quick Cauliflower ‘Risotto’ with Asparagus and Cilantro-Basil Pesto

Is there anything cauliflower can’t do? (No. The answer is no.)

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Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Barley Risotto

Using barley instead of arborio rice gives this a great, nutty texture (and lots of healthy, whole-grain goodness).

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Butternut Squash and Kale Risotto

Comfort food at its finest.

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Brown Butter Scallops with Parmesan Risotto

From fridge to table in half an hour. We kid you not.

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Vegan Barley Asparagus Risotto

This dish from Coterie member Gena Hamshaw tastes way too creamy to be vegan…but magically, it is.

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Easier Risotto with Roasted Fennel and Olives

Add lots of liquid at the beginning and set the stove to a low simmer, so the rice will soak it up slowly without too much stirring.

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Slow-Cooker Risotto with Italian Sausage and Butternut Squash

Set-it-and-forget-it risotto? Sign us up.

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Quinoa Risotto with Pan Roasted Mushrooms

Is there anything that quinoa can’t do? (Thanks to Coterie member Gaby Dalkin for the inspo.)

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Lobster Risotto

So elegant and impressive, no one will ever guess how easy it is.

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One-Minute Brown Rice Risotto

Using instant minute rice to make a healthy, satisfying meal? Next-level.

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Easy Lemon Faux Risotto

The secret to this recipe? Swapping rice for orzo, a rice-shaped pasta that cooks up quickly and beautifully every time.

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Vegan Pumpkin Risotto with Rosemary

Canned pumpkin gives Phoebe Lapine’s risotto a decadent, creamy texture with no butter or cream (or excessive stirring).

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Sage-Barley Risotto with Butternut Squash

Another grain swap that makes risotto fast and healthy—this one uses barley, which is quick-cooking and packs a punch of protein.

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Baked Chicken and Mushroom Risotto

There’s no toiling over a hot stove here; this clever recipe goes right in the oven, leaving your hands free to get the rest of the meal together (and/or wrangle children, finish work and kick back with a glass of wine).

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