A Hearty Meal
Not just another side dish, risotto can stand on its own as a complete, hearty meal and is extremely versatile. This rice dish originated in Northern Italy during the Middle Ages, but has since spread its presence across much of the Mediterranean. Artusi, the noted Italian food writer, first published recipes for risotto in the 19th century.
Short-grain rice such as Arborio and Carnaroli are most commonly used to create risotto. The increased starch content in such rice provides for a creamier finish and al dente texture. The brown versions of risotto rice are less creamy than their white counterparts, and therefore don't make a very good risotto. Other grains, like barley and farro can also be used to make risotto-like dishes. Traditionally prepared with Parmesan cheese, chicken or vegetable broth and fresh vegetables, a warm bowl of risotto is a delicious solution to dinner on a cold, winter night.
For all Seasons
Year round, risotto makes an appetizing menu option and helps you get more grains into your daily diet. Add seasonal, fresh produce for an extra bonus and you've got a healthy, balanced meal. Make the most of winter vegetables with Barley, Mushroom and Winter Squash Risotto. When springtime rolls around, try our lovely Risotto with Fresh Peas or fresh-from the-garden tasting Asparagus Risotto with Gremolata. The abundance of summer squash in the warm weather months calls for Vegetarian Risotto with Zucchini.
Pack in Protein
To make your risotto a bit more substantial and help you meet your protein needs, add in some beans or shellfish. Our Lemony Risotto with Asparagus and Shrimp is perfect for lunch or dinner, with bright flavors that are sure to wake up your palate. Risotto with Scallops in a Spicy Tomato Sauce brings traditional risotto to new flavor heights as it blends the sweetness of seafood with the tang of tomatoes and mustard. Use an often-overlooked bean to make an earthy version in our Risotto with Fava Beans.
For an exotic twist
Expand your culinary frontiers by making a risotto dish with a mix of contemporary flavors. Invite your friends over for a warm bowl of Acorn Squash and Shiitake Mushroom Risottomarrying two contrasting, but complimentary ingredients. You'll love the gorgeous color and powerful flavors you'll get in our Sun-Dried Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Risottos.
Pick your favorite risotto recipe or make a different one each day!
Barley, Mushroom and Winter Squash Risotto
Jimmy Schmidt, The Rattlesnake Club, Detroit MI
Risotto with Fresh Peas
Asparagus Risotto with Gremolata
Vegetarian Risotto with Zucchini
Lemony Risotto with Asparagus and Shrimp
Risotto with Scallops in a Spicy Tomato Sauce
Risotto with Fava Beans
Acorn Squash and Shiitake Mushroom Risotto
Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto
Roasted Red Pepper Risotto