Parmesan Truffle Risotto

A seemingly gourmet dish, this Parmesan truffle risotto recipe is pretty simple to put together, and the black truffle flavor sends it out of this world.

Truffle Risotto | Parmesan risotto recipe

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Alex and I talk to a lot of people about cooking and healthy eating. So many people want it to be easy: like SNAP! I’m healthy. I cook gourmet meals in 15 minutes or less. And they look Instagram fabulous. But when you get down to it, learning to cook—reclaiming our kitchens—is not about a quick fix. It’s not even about finding the right pots and pans or the right cookbooks. It’s about learning, setting up new habits, trial and error. And through it all, the biggest predictor of success is not your skill level or mental ability. It’s GRIT. Keep reading for more about reclaiming the kitchen and this Parmesan truffle risotto recipe.

Related: 10 Romantic Dinner Recipes

Truffle risotto | Parmesan risotto recipe

Let’s reclaim the kitchen

Grit—perseverance, is what separates the men from the boys and the women from the girls. Someone with grit tries something, fails, and tries again. Someone with grit thinks: how could I make that dish tastier? Quicker? What if I prepped part of it in the morning? What if I made a quick meal during the week and then splurged on a fancy risotto on the weekend? What if I used all the leftovers in my refrigerator tonight instead of buying something new?

As many 5 tips for a healthy kitchen posts as I write, I can’t convince you to cook more or eat lots of vegetables—because it requires grit. It requires creativity, exploration, and an insatiable desire for learning. It requires a sense of adventure to try new things. And that, I think, is how we reclaim our kitchens.

Related: 12 Easy Dutch Oven Recipes

This Parmesan risotto recipe

This Parmesan truffle risotto recipe and post are part of the #ReclaimtheKitchen initiative that we’re part of with our partner Wolf. The goal is to demystify home cooking by sharing actionable tips, tools and techniques to help you reclaim your kitchen. Here, we’ll tell you how to make a kickin’ Parmesan risotto recipe. But in order to really make it stick, you’ve gotta have grit. With that in mind, here’s a fancy-sounding risotto that’s actually pretty simple. It’s an elegant main dish that’s also perfect for the holidays; it could also work as a fancy side dish.

Related: Romantic Dinner Ideas

Truffle risotto | Parmesan risotto recipe

Tips on how to make risotto

A few things we’ve learned about risotto over the years:

  1. Risotto is a technique of stirring broth into short-grain Arborio rice that makes it become soft and creamy. No boxed risotto necessary!
  2. This Parmesan risotto takes about 40 minutes to make. 25 of those minutes require babysitting a pot of rice. The flavor that results makes it ultimately worth it!
  3. Cooking with wine = straight up flavor! You can omit it, but it’s a perfect excuse for drinking the remainder with your meal (or while you cook).
  4. I’ve made this recipe by myself while watching a very busy toddler. For me, I loved the challenge. Depending on your personality and/or grit level, you may or may not want to make this while parenting. (You’ve been warned!)
  5. Adding black truffle flavor takes this truffle risotto from wow to WOW. We found these canned mushrooms and black truffles at our local grocery and they are also available on Amazon. While they’re a bit spendy, they’re much, much less expensive than real truffles!

We hope you enjoy this Parmesan truffle risotto recipe! For more on #ReclaimtheKitchen, head to the Reclaim the Kitchen website.

Related: Another favorite Italian recipe — our Margherita pizza!

Want more truffle recipes?

If you’re into truffles, we’ve got some recipes for you! Our Truffle Pizza is incredible and a must make. (For an easier version, try our Easy Cheese Pita Pizza with Truffles.) Or for another option, try our Truffled Egg with Smoked Salmon.

Looking for more risotto recipes?

We’ve made several risotto recipes over the years. Outside of this Parmesan truffle risoto, here are a few of our favorite risotto recipes:

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If you make this Parmesan truffle risotto recipe, we’d love to hear how it turned out. Leave a comment below or share a picture on Instagram and mention @acouplecooks and @subzeroandwolf.

This recipe is…

This Parmesan truffle risotto is vgetarian and gluten-free.

Related: Try using our Homemade Vegetable Broth for this recipe!

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Truffle oil risotto

Parmesan Truffle Risotto Recipe


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

A seemingly gourmet dish, this Parmesan truffle risotto recipe is pretty simple to put together, and the black truffle flavor sends it out of this world.


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Place broth in a medium saucepan and heat to a simmer; reduce heat and keep warm.
  2. Mince the shallot.
  3. In a large heavy-bottomed skillet, pot or Dutch oven, heat the butter over medium high heat. Add the shallot, reduce heat to medium, and cook until the shallots are translucent, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Add the rice and stir to combine; cook for 2 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and add the white wine. Cook, stirring, until liquid is almost evaporated, a few minutes.
  4. At this point, you’re ready to start adding the broth. Add ½ cup warmed broth to skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, until broth is almost absorbed. Repeat, gradually adding broth ½ cup at a time and stirring, until rice is tender but still al dente and sauce is creamy (you may not need all the broth). The process should take about 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Stir in the Parmesan cheese. Continue to stir until combined (or turn off the heat and cover the dish for a few minutes). Remove from heat and stir in salt and truffles.* Taste, and adjust seasonings as desired. Serve immediately, garnished with additional Parmesan cheese and fresh ground pepper.

Notes

For a humbler meal you can omit the black truffles, but they’re absolutely worth the splurge. If you can’t find these canned black truffles and mushrooms, use a drizzle of white or black truffle oil as a garnish. White truffle oil tends to be stronger and best for the garnish if you can find it! Here’s more on where to find truffle oil.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: truffle risotto, parmesan risotto

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

10 Comments

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    Abby @ Heart of a Baker
    December 6, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Oh I love a good risotto! It’s always scared me away due to the hands on time, but it looks TOTALLY worth it!

    • Reply
      nicole
      December 10, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      I always make risottos in a pressure cooker – takes 7 minutes, no constant stirring needed and taste /consistency is perfect.

      • Reply
        Sonja
        December 13, 2017 at 10:47 pm

        How cool! What ratios for rice and broth do you use?

    • Reply
      Sonja
      December 13, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      It absolutely is! Or, per Nicole’s comment below, you could make it in an instant pot! We’ve never done that but sounds like a good idea.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      December 25, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Thank you so much! Us too, but this one is pretty simple! And to us, totally worth it.

  • Reply
    Edwina
    December 11, 2017 at 1:59 am

    I love risotto. This one looks delicious. I definitely need to plan ahead to make risotto. It’s a weekend thing for me because that’s when I find the time and I can keep the children occupied while I make it.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      December 13, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      Yep, same thing for me too! I’d agree it’s best to have kids occupied if possible :)

  • Reply
    Jukka
    November 25, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    I’m a guy an i very rarely cook. My girlfriend and I love this dish (in restaurants). So I thought I’ll give it a try. First time in my life cooking anything like this, and it turned out perfect. So delicious. Thank you so much for the clear and easy instructions, maybe cooking isn’t that hard after all :).

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    Brittany
    December 5, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    I found this recipe while search for a good risotto recipe. When I looked at the ingredients, I knew this recipe was good! I made it last night and is was absolutely delicious! It was creamy and perfect! My fiance thought it was good too. Thanks for posting!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      December 6, 2018 at 9:34 am

      We are so glad to hear this! Knowing you and your fiance enjoyed a good meal makes us so happy! Thanks for letting us know.

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