Salmon Lemon Risotto. Linda Larsen

Everyone should know how to cook risotto. The name itself scares many people. But risotto is not difficult to make. All it takes is a heavy skillet, a burner, a spoon, and some rice and broth. Start to finish, a perfect risotto takes only about half an hour to make.

Here's where I insert a confession. I have always made risotto with long grain white rice. Now, I know that to purists and Italian connoisseurs, this is heresy.

When I first started making risotto 25 years ago, I could not find arborio rice. This was well before the internet and on-line food ordering. I did wonder what I was missing by not using arborio rice. So last weekend I bought some arborio rice and made risotto. I like long-grain rice better.

Yes, the risotto with arborio rice was creamier. But it also had a starchier taste that I just did not like. And arborio rice is so much more expensive than regular long grain white rice! The choice is yours. But I'm going to continue using long grain white rice, content that I experimented and reached my own conclusion!

To make the perfect risotto, please read the aptly named How to Make the Best Risotto. The secret, actually, is very simple. Keep stirring. The stirring action helps the rice release starch as it cooks, which makes the risotto creamy. And rice has a tendency to sink to the bottom of the mixture and stick to the bottom of the pan.

So keep it moving.

I even have a recipe for baked risotto, which is stirred too, but just twice. If you don't want to stand over the stove, that's the recipe for you!

Enjoy these easy risotto recipes. And once you know how to make a risotto, use your own favorite ingredients and create your own masterpiece.

Easy Risotto Recipes

  • Chicken Risotto
    This was the first risotto recipe I ever made, and it's the one I turn to when I want some truly comforting comfort food.
  • Pressure Cooker Risotto
    For this recipe, you really should use arborio rice. A medium grain rice might work just as well. This easy recipe is foolproof.
  • Curried Risotto
    I love curry powder, so why not add it to risotto? The curry adds fabulous color and flavor to this simple vegetarian dish.
  • Tuna Risotto
    Tuna, fresh spinach, and a bit of lemon add fresh flavor to risotto. You could also use canned salmon, drained and flaked, in place of the tuna.
  • Baked Risotto
    Baking the risotto in a hot oven, after the mixture is brought to a simmer on the stovetop, is a super easy way of making this delicious dish. You could add anything from peas to chopped cooked chicken to ham to this easy recipe.
  • Traditional Risotto
    This is the classic recipe; no shortcuts. Just results.
  • Crockpot Risotto
    When you think about it, the low, slow heat of the crockpot is the perfect way to make risotto. This recipe turns out very smooth and creamy. And it's so easy.
  • Sausage and Vegetable Risotto
    I made this delicious risotto using chicken sausages with sun-dried tomatoes and garlic. It was just spectacular.
  • Mushroom Risotto
    Two kinds of mushrooms add wonderful flavor to this creamy risotto. Shallots instead of onions add a milder flavor and let the mushrooms shine.