Italian risotto: four delicious must-try variations


If you search the Internet for typical Italian dishes, it's impossible not to run across one of the quintessential Italian dishes: risotto.

Having its roots primarily in the northern regions of the Peninsula, risotto is a dish that nowadays has conquered tastebuds worldwide thanks to its enticing flavor and tremendous versatility, winning hearts and palates over with its wide variety of flavors and ability to combine beautifully with countless ingredients. The end result is hundreds of risotto recipes, ranging from those that are more faithful to tradition to those with more creative and occasionally "daring" twists. 

Italian risotto: four recipes ranging from the traditional to the innovative

After all, it's commonplace knowledge that innovation and change are the hallmarks of cuisine and the gastronomic arts, and like true artists, chefs also study and work long hours as they seek to further innovate their discipline, finding favorable feedback from an ever-increasing audience of diners.

Having previously explained how to prepare an excellent risotto alla milanese, for this article, we've selected four Italian risotto recipes,  three of which are more traditionally based and one that might surprise you!

Asparagus and bacon risotto

A recipe that combines the strong flavor of asparagus with the crunchiness of bacon in a riot of captivatingly rich creaminess! For a truly mouthwatering dish, we recommend cooking the asparagus in small pieces along with the risotto, and adding the sliced bacon as a finishing garnish at the very end, browned in a separate pan until it becomes amazingly crunchy!

Risotto with zucchini and sun-dried tomatoes

Another tantalizing risotto recipe uses zucchini paired with sun-dried tomatoes. The former are delicate and supple, while the latter are particularly flavorful, creating a risotto with a well-balanced flavor and a delightful hint of umami. An absolute must-try!

Risotto with mushrooms, apples, and walnuts

One of the most beloved Italian recipes, mushroom risotto's continued popularity is unparalleled: there isn't a trattoria or restaurant around that hasn’t had this dish on its menu at least once. 

The variation we propose calls for the use of mushrooms paired with apples and walnuts: late autumn flavors that blend together beautifully, in which the apple's typically sweet aroma is prominent, set off by the inimitably earthy note of the walnuts.

The recipe that will surprise you: orange risotto with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

A refreshing, crisp recipe that combines some of Italy's most prized culinary delights and is sure to surprise even the most discerning palates!

For the best results, we recommend that you first remove the orange peels, taking care to leave only the fruit's orange flesh without any bitter white pith; then cut the oranges into small pieces, saving any juice to flavor the risotto before continuing to cook with the vegetable broth. Serve with a sprinkling of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and a few drops of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena.

Delicious, isn't it?

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