A seemingly gourmet dish, this Parmesan truffle risotto recipe is easy to make and the black truffle flavor sends it out of this world.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Tips on how to make risotto
A few things we’ve learned about risotto over the years:
- Risotto is a technique of stirring broth into short-grain Arborio rice that makes it become soft and creamy. No boxed risotto necessary!
- 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!
- 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).
- 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!)
- 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! Might we suggest our Parmesan Truffle Fries? They’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and taste completely insane. Our Truffle Pizza is incredible and a must make. (For an easier version, try our Easy Cheese Pita Pizza.) Or for brunch, try Truffled Egg with Smoked Salmon.
Looking for more on risotto?
Want to know how to serve it? Here are all our best sides to serve with risotto! And outside of this Parmesan truffle risotto, here are a few of our favorite recipes:
This truffle risotto recipe is…
This Parmesan truffle risotto is vgetarian and gluten-free.
Related: Try using our Homemade Vegetable Broth for this recipe!Print
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.
- Place broth in a medium saucepan and heat to a simmer; reduce heat and keep warm.
- Mince the shallot.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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, truffles, easy, homemade, risotoo
About the Authors
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 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.