Creamy Risotto Recipes

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Truffle Mushroom Risotto Stuffed Baked Apples Recipe

This is an upscale version of risotto that you could offer as a side dish (or main vegetarian course) on Thanksgiving. I love including lightly sweet ingredients in savory dishes, so I came up with the apple and mushroom risotto. I used Jonagold apples, brown mushrooms and truffle butter. 

I think making individual servings give a more elegant look to the dish, so I nested the luxurious risotto in baked apples. The apples almost turned into apple sauce which paired beautifully with the risotto. 


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Creamy Spinach Risotto Recipe Recipe

Creamy Spinach Risotto Recipe

10.16.13 by Jackie

I've prepared countless variations of risotto dishes in the past, but risotto is so versatile that there are always new opportunities for creativity. I prepared a creamy spinach version when Sunny's friend Maia stopped by for dinner recently. I hadn't started making dinner yet and immediately gravitated to the creamy rice dish. I combined Vialone Nano rice, Pecorino cheese, fresh spinach leaves, onions, garlic and a touch of heavy cream. 

I haven't hit the gym in a month and I won't be able to get back in the groove any time soon as my schedule is booked from morning 'til late at night. So with holiday season right around the corner, I can already venture a guess as to what my New Year’s resolution will be. Although I’m enjoying food to the fullest, I’ve been trying to (at least) maintain portion control.


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Brussels Sprouts Risotto Recipe Recipe

Brussels Sprouts Risotto Recipe

02.27.12 by Jackie

Roasting vegetables is probably the best way to showcase the flavor, particularly the sweetness, of a vegetable. At the market this past week, I found some beautiful Brussels sprouts, which are one of Lulu’s favorite vegetables. I really enjoy them as well, especially when roasted. You can use them as a side, or as I did in this risotto, as the primary flavor in a main course.

Brussels sprouts risotto is synonymous with winter; it's succulent, creamy and the ultimate comfort food. I didn't add any cream though, just a touch of herb fromager d'Affinois at the end. To make the dish, I roasted some Brussels sprouts until soft, caramelized and tender and used them as a base to flavor risotto. I also added chopped Brussels sprouts to vegetable broth so the rice is bursting with the taste of the root vegetable.

Risotto is fairly easy to prepare, and a great showcase for fresh ingredients. My trick for consistently preparing quality risotto is to cook the grains of rice in a little oil so they don't stick to each other too much. Then, warm broth is incrementally added until the risotto is cooked to perfection. My husband Lulu loved it and I'm sure if you give this recipe a try, you will too!


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Parmesan Risotto with Wheatberries and Morel Mushrooms Recipe

My husband Lulu was craving risotto lately. Unfortunately, risotto can be pretty rich, which doesn’t exactly mesh well with our exercise routine. I don’t think exercising should be a form of punishment, so I took Lulu’s craving as an opportunity to be creative.

After thinking about it, I decided to make mushroom risotto using fresh morels. I chose morels because they are packed with flavor. Instead of using heavy cream and other calorie-packed ingredients, I let the mushrooms provide most of the flavor in the dish. I also added wheatberries to the Arborio rice for texture. Just make sure to soak the wheatberries overnight, so that they aren't too chewy.

Fresh Morels


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Artichoke Risotto Recipe Recipe

Artichoke Risotto Recipe

05.01.10 by Jackie

Stuffing risotto into jumbo artichokes can be a stylish way to serve the main course of your next dinner party. Given that the delivery device for the risotto is an artichoke, it only makes sense to repeat the flavors in the dish itself. In general, you shouldn't use too many ingredients to flavor a risotto, so I limited the additions to chopped roasted yellow bell peppers and artichoke hearts. To make the risotto creamier and more colorful, I also added cheddar cheese.

Mother's day is coming soon, and this dish would make an excellent choice if you’re planning on cooking for the mom(s) in your life. We'll be taking my mother-in-law to her favorite restaurant for lunch, and I'm planning on helping the girls prepare a special dinner at home. In case you need inspiration, I'll be posting dinner menu suggestions for Mother's day soon, so stay tuned.


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