10 Risotto Recipes Any Cook Can Make

updated May 1, 2019
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I firmly believe any cook, regardless of their skill level, can make an awesome pan of risotto. The creamy rice dish shouldn’t just be something you enjoy every once in a while at fancy restaurants — you can make risotto that’s equally as delicious, if not more so, right in your own kitchen.

These 10 recipes range from basic to fun, but most importantly they’re all approachable. So dive right in and start cooking.

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Start with the most basic risotto recipe and you’ll build a strong foundation for your next round of risotto. This one is as classic as it comes, dressed simply with Parmesan and butter.

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Take that basic Parmesan-spiked risotto, top it with lots of juicy roasted shrimp, and you’ve got a dish that’s worthy of serious dinner-party praise.

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This risotto can take pretty much anything your farmers market haul wants to throw at it, so don’t be afraid to gather all your odds and ends and stir them right in.

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If you’re not in the mood to stand over the stove and stir your risotto as it cooks, you can achieve pretty great results in the oven. While it won’t be quite as creamy, the hands-off time has its benefits.

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While risotto is already nice and creamy, thanks to all the starch that is released by the rice as it cooks, stirring in a big spoonful of mascarpone will only make it even more luxe (which is never a bad thing).

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Grating green and yellow summer squash into risotto is an easy way to add vegetables to your risotto while keeping every bite as creamy as possible.

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While risotto is already a pretty quick dish to make, using the pressure cooker to make it means it’s ultra fast — we’re talking 10 minutes from start to finish.

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Adding crumbled sausage to risotto is an easy way to bulk it up and ensure it’s hearty enough for even the hungriest folks at your table.

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If your family loves broccoli-cheddar soup, there is no doubt that this is destined to be their new favorite dish. Sharp cheddar cheese takes the place of Parmesan here and the results are a guaranteed hit.

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While Hoppin’ John is a Southern dish that’s typically made for New Year’s Day, this Italian twist is worth enjoying all year long.