Risotto is creamy, dreamy and comforting, so why make it a side dish when you can eat it as the whole damn meal? If you’re wondering what to serve with risotto, here are 11 tasty ideas (from scallops to squash) that will transform that bowl of rice into something truly decadent.

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1. Pan-Seared Scallops with Citrusy Corn Succotash

Scallops feel like a luxury food, but they’re surprisingly quick to cook. You could skip the corn succotash or serve it alongside.

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2. Camarones al Mojo de Ajo (Shrimp in Garlic Sauce)

This Mexican dish is traditionally served with white rice. Up the ante and swap in risotto for a truly filling meal.

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3. Braised Lemon Chicken

You’ll barely have to touch this braised chicken dish. Just let it simmer while you work on the risotto (and save some of the wine for sipping).

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4. Baked Chicken and Ricotta Meatballs

The meatballs are baked in the oven, which makes them ultra-tender and frees up your stovetop.

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5. Cheater’s Slow-Cooker Beef Bourguignon

Melt-in-your-mouth beef and creamy risotto make for an ideal dinner on chilly nights. It’s almost like wrapping yourself in a cashmere blanket.

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6. Whole Roasted Carrots

For the amount of flavor they pack in, these carrots are surprisingly low-effort.

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7. Zucchini and Tomato Ragù

Plenty of olive oil and garlic keep this dish from being bland. Think of it as the Italian version of ratatouille.

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8. Dorie Greenspan’s Roasted Acorn Squash Wedges

We’re big fans of butternut squash risotto, so naturally we’re trying this pairing too. Adding a shower of Parmesan cheese on top? Brilliant.

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9. Antoni Porowski’s Moroccan-Style Pasta Bolognese

Just swap the pasta for risotto as a companion for this spicy lamb sauce. (Best of all, you can make it ahead and store it in the freezer.)

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10. Sheet-Pan Lemon Butter Veggies and Sausage

It all comes together on a single sheet pan, and it’s ready by the time you make your last stir.

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11. Ina Garten’s Roasted Broccolini & Cheddar

In our eyes, Ina Garten can do no wrong. There’s no question this cheesy veggie dish would be welcome atop a bed of risotto.

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