12 Risotto Recipes

Squashes, seafood, and citrus are only a few ingredients that can be used to make hearty risottos.

Risotto Cacio e Pepe

Risotto Cacio e Pepe
Chef Massimo Bottura developed this recipe to utilize the nearly 1,000 wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano damaged after earthquakes devastated the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy in 2012.Farideh Sadeghin

Risotto alla Milanese

Risotto alla Milanese
I was once told that we have the master glazier of Milan's cathedral to thank for risotto alla Milanese, the creamy rice dish that gets its vivid color and flavor from saffron. In 1574, the master hired a disciple nicknamed Zafferano because he used saffron to stain the glass gold. The master teased, "You'll be putting saffron in your risotto next!" Well, it happened that his daughter was to be married. At the celebration, a table held four steaming pots of risotto. The guests were amazed to see it was tinted gold--the wedding gift of all wedding gifts. —Marc Vetri, chef-owner of Vetri restaurant in PhiladelphiaTodd Coleman

Lemon-Rosemary Risotto

Lemon-Rosemary Risotto
Fragrant rosemary and lemon are added to this risotto after it is cooked.Ingalls Photography

Risotto with Grapefruit and Seared Scallops

Risotto with Grapefruit and Seared Scallops
Sweet sea scallops complement this creamy prosciutto-laced risotto accented with tart grapefruit.Ingalls Photography

Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto
Half the mushrooms in this recipe are folded into the creamy risotto, lending the rice an earthiness, while the rest are roasted into a crisp, meaty garnish.Ingalls Photography

Lobster Risotto

Lobster Risotto
Fresh Maine lobster stars in this exceptionally creamy risotto flavored with garlic and sorrel. The addition of mascarpone and butter, stirred in after cooking, provides a rich tang and velvety texture.Farideh Sadeghin

Spelt Risotto with Beets and Horseradish

Vegetarian Spelt Risotto with Beets and Horseradish
Heston Blumenthal, chef at the Fat Duck in Bray, England, was inspired by his trip to Transylvania in this dish. Blumenthal substitutes spelt, a wheat berry found in most supermarkets, for the more common short-grain rice to give the risotto a nutty and wholesome flavor.Todd Coleman

Crni Rižoto (Black Cuttlefish Risotto)

Black Cuttlefish Risotto
This Croatian risotto gets its deep color from the addition of cuttlefish or squid ink. See the recipe for Black Cuttlefish Risotto »Penny De Los Santos

Creamy Orzo Risotto with Meyer Lemon and Wild Mushrooms

Creamy Orzo Risotto with Meyer Lemon and Wild Mushrooms
Simmering orzo slowly with butter, shallots, and chicken stock and enriched it with cream yields a silky, risotto-like texture.Helen Rosner

Risotto di Zucca, Porri, e Vongole (Risotto with Butternut Squash, Leeks, and Clams)

Risotto with Butternut Squash, Leeks, and Clams
The secret of good Italian home cooking resides in the ingredients themselves. This recipe, from Marcella Hazen, reflects the philosophy perfectly.Christopher Hirsheimer

Clam Risotto with Grilled Shrimp

Clam Risotto with Grilled Shrimp
Bottled clam juice is just the thing to amplify the clam flavor in this creamy rice dish, while steamed Manila clams and grilled shrimp strewn across the top drive the point home.Ingalls Photography