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A plate of Parmesan Risotto sprinkled with parmesan cheese and herbs.

Parmesan Risotto

Herbs and Flour
This easy, creamy and delicious Parmesan Risotto is easier to make than you think! Serve as a side dish or top with seared scallops or shrimp for a delicious gourmet meal in your own home!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 382 kcal


  • 6 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon parsley optional for serving
  • Parmesan shaved or grated, optional for serving


  • In a saucepan, bring broth to a simmer on low heat.
  • In a large pot or dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute for 3 minutes or until the onion begins to soften. Add the rice and continue to saute for 1 minute.
  • Add 1 cup of broth and cook while stirring for a couple of minutes until the water is absorbed. Add a 1/2 cup of broth and stir until it is absorbed. Continue this process of adding 1/2 cup of broth at a time until the rice is cooked and creamy. This will take about 20 minutes. If your broth is running low, add more or add water to the simmering saucepan to ensure there is enough warm liquid to use.
  • Once the rice is cooked, turn off the heat. Add the butter and Parmesan and stir to incorporate. Taste the risotto and add salt and pepper as needed. Sprinkle with parsley and Parmesan before serving, if desired.


Calories: 382kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 9gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 1175mgPotassium: 94mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 771IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 156mgIron: 3mg
Keyword anniversary, arborio rice, gourmet, parmesan, risotto, valentine's day
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