Whether you are new to risotto or have long loved it, we’ve got 10 delicious risotto recipes for you to try! From classic mushrooms risotto to decadent saffron risotto and even low carb options, we’re covering it all in this guide to risotto flavors!
What is risotto?
Risotto is a rice dish (yes! it’s a rice not a pasta!) that has roots in northern Italy. Italy is famous for its pasta, but in the north of Italy, the climate is cold and wet. This makes it an ideal place to not only grow rice but also to make warm, hearty dishes for the harsh winters.
It’s made by cooking a starchy, short grain type of rice (often one called arborio) low and slow. Stock is added continuously until it becomes a creamy, warm dish. Because rice is a neutral base, the flavor options for risotto are endless. But no matter the flavor, it’s almost always topped with freshly grated parmesan and butter.
Is Risotto gluten free?
Yes, risotto is naturally gluten free because it’s made with rice. However, it’s always important to check that your rice is certified gluten free before starting to cook. I should note that sometimes risotto is topped with toasted breadcrumbs (or similar), in which case it would no longer be gluten free.
Versatility of risotto
Risotto is one of the most flexible dishes around. To make a risotto, you need short-grain rice, stock or liquid, and fat but other than these base ingredients, you can totally customize the mix-ins.
You can use tomato sauce for the liquid, saute shallots to mix in, and top with fresh basil. Or, you can use vegetable stock and white wine and top with fried mushrooms and oregano; the possibilities are endless! But, if you don’t want to think on the fly, we’ve got 10 tried and perfected risotto recipes for you to make and enjoy!