30 Easy Risotto Recipes That Are the Definition of Comfort Food
Risotto gets a bad rap for being high-maintenance—the kind of dish that you have to spend hours stirring, your 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 a weeknight-friendly) option as a main or side dish. Here are 30 of our favorite risotto recipes to whip up at home.
2. Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Barley Risotto
Using barley instead of arborio rice gives the classic dish a unique, nutty flavor and lots of healthy, whole-grain goodness.
5. Parmesan Risotto
As simple as this recipe is, there are a few key steps to making it flawlessly. Be sure to heat the water ahead of time so when it's added to the rice, it doesn't slow the cooking process. And be sure to keep stirring so the risotto stays moist and creamy.
7. Instant Pot Risotto à la Carbonara
Can you believe this comfort food hybrid only needs 25 minutes to come together? Bring on the crispy pancetta, salty Parmesan and dry white wine.
9. Mushroom Risotto
Instead of stirring the risotto nonstop for 30 minutes, we save it for the very end. Don't worry: It'll turn out just as creamy, plus it gives you more time to set the table or prepare the main course.
15. Lemon and Spinach Orzotto
It's basically the most low-maintenance risotto you'll ever make, since it's finished in less than an hour and requires only minimal stirring.
18. 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.
29. Garlic-Brown Butter Mushroom Risotto
In case you thought brown butter risotto couldn't get more decadent, topping it with a runny poached egg really takes the dish to a new level of heavenly.
30. Vegan Arancini
In case you're wondering what to do with all that leftover risotto, these cheesy handhelds sound like a solid plan to us.
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