Top Rated Arborio Rice Recipes

Ramp Pesto Risotto
In the context of the question of whether the chicken or the egg (or in this case, the pesto or the risotto) came first, the ramp pesto is the medalist in this recipe. After trying a spoonful of it — raw — from a batch my friend made on his farm, Ralston Farm, in New Jersey,  I decided immediately that I would put it in my risotto recipe that I was developing for the week. Roasted asparagus is mixed in to give the risotto another taste of spring, but the real star of this dish is the pesto. Fair warning, though: Try not to eat all of it straight from the jar before you make the risotto.  Click here to see Rice Made Sexy — 5 Great Dinner Recipes.
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In the mood for something exotic? Look no further than this decadent risotto topped with sea urchin and smoked caviar. It's a flavor combination that's simply unforgettable, and your guests are sure to be impressed.See all rice recipes.
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Bacon & kale Risotto with fried egg.
Who doesn’t like breakfast for dinner — or risotto for that matter? Here’s a take on the creamy grain with bacon, eggs, and a bunch of kale to make it a bit healthier. The combination of leafy greens and crisped bacon make for a savory spoonful — or 10. Click here to see Bacon: It's What's for Dinner. 
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Kale and Pancetta Risotto
If you're just coming around to liking kale, as I am, this is a wonderful recipe to try — the healthy, bitter green is well balanced against the salty pancetta and creamy risotto rice. Click here to see The Best Kale Recipes You've Ever Tried. 
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Butternut Squash Risotto
You can't go wrong with risotto, or roasted butternut squash for that matter, but to make this recipe extra special, I gave the squash a sugary treatment and fired all decadent engines with the risotto. It's not exactly diet-friendly, but boy is it good.
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Swiss Chard and Shiitake Mushroom Risotto
True, anything with a cup of grated Grana Padano is going to taste good. But, to me, at least, that's a great excuse to indulge in some risotto, and this risotto does indeed have a cup of grated Grana in it. That's not all that's in it, though — delicate shiitake mushrooms and wilted Swiss chard are in the mix as well, and a topping of crisp-tender chopped chard stems lend a little crunch and a ton of visual appeal. After all, you eat with your eyes, too. Click here to see Swiss Chard: Not Just for Sides.
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Goat Cheese Risotto
Hello all, I am the risotto queen, nice to meet you. Wait, what? True story — that is my name in my kitchen at home. At work, I'm known as "Queen of the Rabe," due to my incessant talk of the beloved vegetable with our recipe editor, Will Budiaman.  So, to bring together my love for broccoli rabe and risotto, I thought what better way to bond the two then a little butter and a bit of formaggio. The result was better than I had hoped — happy faces and full stomachs!  Click here to see Butter vs. Olive Oil: What's Better?
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The combination of strawberries and risotto might first seem a little strange at first. But this savory dish is nothing but a flavorful and bright surprise. The sweetness of the berries cooks away and you're left with more of a tart flavor. Plus the dish is a lovely shade of pink.
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Risotto Verde
Many doctors say that it's important to get your fix of dark, leafy greens as much as possible. Well, while some of us love munching on the healthy stuff, others might need a little convincing. Embrace the triple dose of iron with this beloved risotto verde recipe. This hued dish will leave you saying, "That was healthy?" Well, not entirely, but... Click here to see The Best Kale Recipes You've Ever Tried. 
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Creamy Mushroom Risotto
This recipe borrows a trick from Thomas Keller, who mixes in softly beaten heavy whipping cream at the very end for a super luxurious risotto. Click here to see 'Shrooms: They're What's for Dinner Tonight.
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