Life Changing Risotto

My life changed this week.

Joanne over at Week of Menus made an oven-baked butternut squash risotto inspired by an Ina Garten recipe. Oven-baked?! Risotto is one of my favorite dishes, but being tied to the stove for at least 30 minutes is not ideal especially with two toddlers. I was skeptical, but I had to try out this oven-bake method.

The other night I made parmesan risotto to accompany my maple-glazed pork tenderloin and braised endives. I threw everything into my trusty Dutch oven and popped it into the oven. I walked into the family room, turned off Nick Jr., and actually read a couple of books to the kids and played a board game with them! This was great! The kids didn’t get irritable from boredom and I wasn’t tearing my hair out trying to get dinner ready. And the best thing? The risotto was creamy, luscious perfection. It even elicited an “mmm” from my 22 month old.

The recipe I used is found below. If you want something a little more substantial and fancy, go to Week of Menus for her butternut squash version! Thanks Joanne for sharing your recipe!


Oven Baked Parmesan Risotto
Serves 4-6

3-4 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 cup arborio rice
1/2 cup white wine or sherry
5 cups chicken broth
2-3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1/2 cup grated parmesan

1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2 – Heat chicken broth in a small saucepan until hot.

3 – Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Saute onions until soft and translucent. Add rice and stir until translucent.

4 – Add wine. Once absorbed, add 4 cups of the hot broth to the rice.

5 – Cover pot with a lid and place on the middle rack of the oven. Cook for about 45 minutes or until all the broth has been absorbed.

6 – Remove pot from the oven. Stir in the broth, butter, and parmesan until creamy.  Serve immediately. Add salt and pepper to taste.


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  • Marea

    Who could resist a title like this?! I love making parmesan risotto but I have yet to try baking it! Sounds delicious!

    <3Marea @TheFoodieFixx.blogspot

    • Amy

      You must try it and let me know how it goes!

  • Eftychia

    This recipe looks so tasty, and easy to make. Thank you for sharing.

  • Dee Dee’s Delights

    I love risotto!

    • Amy

      Me too!

  • Stephanie

    This sounds great! I love the idea of risotto without standing at the oven for so long. Can’t wait to try this, thanks for sharing!

    • Amy

      Like I said, it changed my life!! :-)

  • Joanne Choi

    YAY for oven baked risottos and life changing dishes!

    • Amy

      A big THANK YOU to you!! :-)

  • Janice

    That’s a bold claim. i will have to see for myself.

    • Amy

      Ha! Try it and let me know how it turns out for you.

  • Meg (The Red Spoon)

    I love risottos, but I think I love short cuts even more! I will definitely have to try this!

  • Lisa

    Oven baked risotto, I’ve never heard of such a dish but looks and sounds delish!

  • angi

    Whoa. What?! No-stirring risotto?! This seems almost too good to be true. That is to say, I can’t wait to try it – thanks Amy!

  • Rachel

    to die for! made it this week. keep up the awesome suggestions

    • AMY

      So easy, right? And the kids love it!

  • Michelle

    I hope this recipe changes my dinner prep life. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks Amy

    • AMY

      As always, thanks for dropping by. Dinner prep is less stressful and the kids love it. Those two reasons should be enough for trying it! :-) I’m going to try it with butternut squash this week!

  • Joanne

    Wow, really? I admit, I am skeptical, but that means I will try it! I will let you know how it goes.