Balsamic Risotto

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Risotto is a wonderful side dish, when you want to change things up some. It’s really not that hard to make, but it is totally worth the extra attention to get a creamy silky sauce on the Arborio rice. This simple risotto recipe goes well with so many different meals. Balsamic Risotto has a bold flavor that pairs well with other bold flavors.

Balsamic Risotto

I know I say this every time I use Balsamic in a recipe but I really don’t want someone to make the mistake of using vinaigrette instead of vinegar. They really are not the same thing at all. Vinaigrette will have other things added to it, namely some sort of oil. This will change the consistency of the dish, in addition to the flavor depending on whatever type of other seasonings were added. It is very important that you use Balsamic Vinegar for this recipe.

Balsamic Risotto

Be sure that you get the correct type of rice as well. Risotto has to be made with a high starch rice like Arborio rice. If you use a regular long or short grain rice it will turn to mush pretty quickly. The miracle of risotto is the combining of the starch that the rice releases with the broth to make the creamy sauce. Speaking of the broth, my recipe calls for chicken broth. If you wanted to make it vegetarian, you could use vegetable broth. Just don’t use plain water, as it really doesn’t get the same depth of flavor that the broth gives it.

Balsamic Risotto

As I mentioned, you could pair this risotto with all sorts of proteins. I went with an Apricot Pork Tenderloin and it was a match made in heaven. Risotto is also great for a nice grilled steak or a baked chicken.

Balsamic Risotto w/ Apricot Pork Tenderloin

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Balsamic Risotto

A delicious, creamy risotto with the tang of balsamic vinegar.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword balsamic, risotto
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp Dried Minced Onions
  • 3 cups Arborio Rice
  • qt Chicken Broth
  • 2 tsp Parsely
  • ¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese grated

Instructions

  • In a large saute pan over medium high heat, add butter. Once melted add garlic and onions and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add rice and toast for 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in 1 cup of broth. Stir occasional while broth is absorbed. Once broth is absorbed, add another cup of broth. Repeat until all broth is added and absorbed. Stir in parsley.
  • Stir in balsamic vinegar and let cook for 3 minutes. Then stir in parmesan cheese and let cook another 3 minutes.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

3 thoughts on “Balsamic Risotto

  1. Laurie – Tennessee – Off Grid wife to dashingly handsome arborist! 💕 🌲 Home educating mom of three amazing fellows 🏃‍♂️ 🏃 🏃‍♂️ homeschool and homestead blogger 🏡 herb gardener 🌿 flower lover 🌻 , cat collector 🐈 , follower of Jesus ✝️, and happy wife 👩🏻‍🦰 ! Preparing our hearts and country home with simplicity. ❤️ Blogger at https://www.RidgeHavenHomestead.com
    Laurie says:

    This sounds very good.
    I enjoy herbed rice dishes.

    Thanks so much for sharing your recipe last week at the Homestead Blog Hop!

    Merry Christmas 🎄
    Laurie
    Ridge Haven Homestead
    Homestead Blog Hop

    1. Estelle Forrest – I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. Cooking is a huge part of my life. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me but to the people I care about.
      Estelle Forrest says:

      Merry Christmas to you as well Laurie!

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