17 Easy Risotto Recipes Anyone Can Make
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.
One-Pot Creamy Baked Risotto with Lemon Pepper Chicken
Make it once, eat it all week.
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.
Quick Cauliflower ‘Risotto’ with Asparagus and Cilantro-Basil Pesto
Is there anything cauliflower can’t do? (No. The answer is no.)
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).
Brown Butter Scallops with Parmesan Risotto
From fridge to table in half an hour. We kid you not.
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.
Slow-Cooker Risotto with Italian Sausage and Butternut Squash
Set-it-and-forget-it risotto? Sign us up.
One-Minute Brown Rice Risotto
Using instant minute rice to make a healthy, satisfying meal? Next-level.
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.
Vegan Pumpkin Risotto with Rosemary
Canned pumpkin gives Phoebe Lapine’s risotto a decadent, creamy texture with no butter or cream (or excessive stirring).
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.
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).