Make any meal feel 10 times more gourmet with a side of creamy, dreamy risotto. You (yes, you!) can totally DIY this rice method. Master the basic risotto recipe, then learn how to sweeten the pot with mix-ins and toppings.

By Kate Dean

Making perfect risotto is easy if you follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Pick the right rice. Arborio rice is ideal because it is high in starch—which contributes to the creamy quality of risotto—and it absorbs a lot of liquid without losing its shape.

Step 2: Get toasty. Brown the rice in olive oil with the onions and garlic in a saucepan. (Don't be tempted to skip this step! This gives the risotto its terrific texture.)

Step 3: Stir constantly. Stirring is important because it keeps the rice from sticking and helps the rice absorb the hot liquid evenly.

Step 4: Let it all soak in. Add the hot liquid to the rice in batches, and add the next batch only after the previous batch has been absorbed. This slow addition of liquid ensures a perfect risotto texture—luxuriously creamy with grains that are firm to the bite.

Step 5: Get creative! Stir in corn, sun-dried tomatoes, and oregano; leftover chicken and strips of prosciutto; edamame and bacon; or whatever your taste buds desire.

Pick the Perfect Entree to Pair with Your Risotto

Like this? Vegetable Risotto

Choose that! Mimic the carrots in the risotto with nutritious Salmon in Parchment.


Like this? Farro Risotto

Choose that! Highlight the hints of citrus in the hearty risotto garnish by serving it with Pan-Roasted Pork Chops with Lemon Caper Sauce.


Choose that! Let slow-roasted flavors combine by plating Herb-Roasted Chicken with a side of caramelized onion goodness.


Like this? Mushroom Risotto

Choose that! Get a double dose of mushroom goodness by trading the bed of polenta called for in this Chard, Beet & Mushroom Stir-Fry for a scoop of Mushroom Risotto.


Choose that! For a complete taste of summer, try a bite of Cobb Salad Grilled Chicken alongside creamy corn risotto.


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