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Three Cheese Risotto

Three Cheese Risotto

If you are a fan of risotto and cheese then you will love this dish. Perfectly cooked risotto is delicious enough but add a little wine, freshly shredded mozzarella, parmesan and fontina cheeses and you have an absolutely scrumptious side dish. Seriously, if I were to pick three words to describe this dish they would be: Creamy. Cheesy. Heaven.

My experience with risotto is pretty limited. I’ve eaten it a few times at restaurants and while we were in Italy.ย  I have also watched people make it on a few occasions yet I was always intimidated by the process. However, after a few attempts at it myself I realized the reward of the creamy risotto is well worth the work that goes into it. And when I say work, I don’t mean that you’re slaving away in front of the stove for hours on end but it does require you to gradually stir in one ladle of hot broth at a time. The whole process takes about 30 minutes. But trust me when I tell you, its not much work for the creamy delicious result.

Three Cheese Risotto

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  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded fontina cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste



Heat chicken broth over medium heat. Reduce heat to low while you prepare the rice.


Melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Stir in onions and cook until they are translucent. About 5 minutes.


Stir in rice just until it is coated in the butter. Do not brown. Pour in wine and cook until wine absorbs. Pour in one ladle of hot chicken broth. Stir consistently until liquid is absorbed. Repeat process, one ladle at a time, until all broth has been absorbed by the rice.


Remove from heat. Stir in mozzarella, fontina and parmesan cheese until they melt. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let stand a few minutes. Serve.



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  • This is the type of risotto I want, with three cheeses. I’ve yet to make risotto, so I hope mine comes out as fantastic as yours.

  • Is there a non-alcoholic substitute for the wine?

  • I still have not tried to make risotto, but I wish I had a huge helping of yours. Love all that cheesy goodness!

  • The great thing about learning to make risotto is that all variations are made exactly the same way. Master the method, which is really not hard, and you will be able to make risotto with anything you have on hand. Very good ingredients are the key, as there are so few ingredients in the dish.

  • Thanks Memoria! I would usually say chicken broth is a good substitute but since there is already chicken broth in the recipe you can simply omit the wine.
    Thanks Michelle!
    I agree Lydia :)

  • Megan

    Made this Friday night and it was yummy!!! I will say that I am a cheese fanatic. But we only used 1 cup of each of the 3 cheeses (3 cups total) and it was plenty cheesey. I love risotto. It’s so easy, filling, and a great comfort food.

  • Megan

    Sorry… meant to explain that we doubled the recipe and so, pretty much, the recipe is amazingly cheesey as is. Wow… it’s still early. : )

  • Haha I know how the early thing goes. I’m glad you liked this! :)

  • Gary

    A great dish, filling too… We made side dish portions and everyone went away happy.

  • Kaleigh

    Is there a vegetarian alternative to using the chicken stock?

  • Des @ Life’s Ambrosia

    Hi Kaleigh! You could use vegetable stock instead :)

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