Although risotto is one of the simplest meals you could whip up, there is something undeniably fancy about it. Maybe it’s the fact that you’re cooking with wine, or the patience that’s involved with constantly stirring the rice. Whatever the reason, next time you’re in the mood for treating your significant other, wow them with one of these romantic yet simple risotto recipes.
The Brussels sprouts add color and flavor without overpowering the risotto. Try serving this dish with a simple side salad to make it a complete meal. Get our Brussels Sprouts and Lemon Risotto recipe.
Eating seasonally is sure to keep you from breaking the budget while still providing maximum flavor for your recipes, so keep this recipe in mind for a lighter spring-date meal. Get the Baked Vegetable Risotto with Poached Eggs recipe.
Wow your love with this seafood lobster risotto; the recipe calls for not only two entire lobsters but also a cup of wine! Don’t forget to serve the other half of the bottle with your meal. Get our Lobster Risotto recipe.
Talk about comfort food with a fancy twist! Think of this risotto recipe as your permission to eat upscale macaroni and cheese with a side of white wine on your date (and a fragrant hint of sage). Plus, it’s made in the Instant Pot, so you have more time for…other things. Get the Instant Pot Cheddar Risotto with Fresh Sage recipe.
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Not all risotto has to be made with rice, and this version uses the ancient grain farro to create a surprising and unique twist that will impress any date. Get our Mushroom Farro Risotto recipe. (Or if you don’t like mushrooms, try our Farro Risotto with Asparagus and Fava Beans recipe.)
6. Leek Risotto
We all know the worst thing on a date is having bad breath. Leeks have all the wonderful health and flavor benefits of the onion family without the horrid aftertaste that often comes with eating raw or red onions. Get the Leek Risotto recipe.
When carrots are cooked, they take on a sweet flavor that shines through in this recipe as you use a carrot broth to bring new flavors to your risotto. Get our Sweet Carrot Risotto recipe.
Craving risotto for your date night but still need to find time to get dressed and fix your hair? Then consider making this recipe, which is baked so you won’t be forced to stand next to the stove stirring every few minutes. Get the Baked Risotto with Broccoli Pesto and Scallops recipe.
This hearty winter twist on the classic risotto is flavored (and colored) with golden saffron. Also, the butternut squash is cooked right into the rice so you don’t have to worry about roasting it for an hour beforehand! Get our Butternut Squash Saffron Risotto recipe.
Impress your guest by serving this blushing pink risotto recipe made with fruity red wine and bitter radicchio. Get our Radicchio Risotto recipe.
11. Seafood Risotto
This seafood-packed risotto is a real catch, but you can switch up the types and amounts of seafood based on whatever looks best at the market. Get our Seafood Risotto recipe.
Shelly Westerhausen is the founder of Vegetarian ‘Ventures, a food blog that focuses on planet-based recipes and healthy eating habits. In her free time, you can find her rocking a wolf T-shirt, sipping on hibiscus tea, and working on her magazine, Driftless.
This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated with new images, links, and text.
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