Classic Margherita Risotto

Indulge in the creamy, aromatic flavors of Italy with this mouth-watering Margherita Risotto. Perfect for a cozy night in or a special dinner with loved ones, this risotto brings the iconic Margherita pizza to a whole new level, turning it into a gourmet rice dish that’s both comforting and easy to prepare.


  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine (optional)
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock, kept warm
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella, diced
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves, torn
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until translucent.
  2. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  3. Stir in the Arborio rice and toast for 2-3 minutes, making sure the grains are well-coated with oil.
  4. If using, pour in the white wine and stir until it has mostly evaporated.
  5. Begin adding the warm stock, one ladle at a time, stirring continuously. Allow each addition to be absorbed before adding the next. Continue this process for about 18-20 minutes, or until the rice is al dente but still creamy.
  6. Gently fold in the cherry tomatoes and cook for a few minutes until they are just soft.
  7. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the diced mozzarella and Parmesan cheese until well combined and cheese is melted.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Garnish with the torn basil leaves and give a final stir to release the herb’s aroma.
  10. Serve immediately, with extra Parmesan cheese and a few basil leaves for an authentic Italian touch.

Celebrate the taste of a classic pizza in this dish where every bite brings you the fresh and tangy flavor of tomatoes, the creamy indulgence of mozzarella, and the aromatic kiss of basil. Accompanied by a glass of your favorite white wine, this Margherita Risotto is sure to become a favorite in your risotto repertoire.

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