This creamy baked risotto is made in the oven for a hands-free risotto recipe that doesn’t require stirring! It’s a great meatless meal, perfect for a dinner party!

Is there anything better than a warm bowl of creamy risotto? How about a creamy risotto that doesn’t require constant stirring? This Dutch Oven Risotto is baked in the oven for an easy meal!

oven risotto

Let’s be honest, I’m lazy. As much as I love risotto, I can’t stand spending the whole evening at the stove, stirring and stirring. So I started testing other methods for an easier risotto and I landed on this Dutch Oven Baked Risotto that is perfect.

How do you make risotto?

Risotto is traditionally made on the stovetop, using Arborio rice, broth, vegetables, and Parmesan cheese. In this version, we’ll use all those same ingredients but bake it in the oven instead. This makes it a great hands-off recipe, perfect for a dinner party! You won’t have the spend the whole evening standing at the stove.

What is the best rice for risotto?

Arborio rice is a short-grain rice that is perfect for risotto because it contains a lot of starch. That’s what helps create a creamy, rich texture, without any actual cream. Typically, stirring the rice is how we would release a lot of the starch, but simmering the risotto in the oven can achieve the same results! I like the Rice Select and Lundburg brands of arborio rice.

easy risotto

I know the holiday season calls for comfort food and entertaining so this no-stir risotto is an easy way to prepare dinner for a crowd without being stuck at the stove! It’s a delicious weeknight family dinner or food for a crowd!

asparagus cut on a cutting board

Substitution Suggestions

  • If you can’t find arborio rice, try a unique twist on risotto by making it with farro. I call it farro risotto and while it’s not exactly the same as risotto, it’s a healthy twist on this dish!
  • If you don’t have asparagus, try substituting peas instead. Canned or frozen peas will work just fine in this recipe.
  • My favorite vegetarian broth is made with Edward & Son’s “Not-chicken” boullion cubes or Ocean’s Halo “no-chicken” broth. Both of this will provide a lovely flavor for this baked risotto recipe.
easy oven risotto

Follow these tips for perfect dutch oven baked risotto:

  • Use a Dutch oven, which can easily be transferred from the stovetop to the oven.
  • Don’t forget to take out an oven rack, if necessary, before preheating your oven. You want the pot of risotto to be centered in the oven.
  • Using a sheet of aluminum foil between the top of the pot and the lid helps keep the steam trapped inside the pot.
oven risotto

There are quite a few steps in this recipe but you can prepare it from start to finish in about 45 minutes. While the risotto is cooking in the oven, you can prepare the asparagus and clean up any tools used during the preparations. Overall, this recipe comes together pretty easily!

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No Stir Dutch Oven Risotto

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 Minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Risotto

Description

Craving risotto but don’t want to spend the whole evening at the stove? Try this baked Dutch oven risotto! It’s a hands-off recipe that comes together with just 15 minutes if prep! It’s perfect for dinner party!


Ingredients

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  • 5 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 ½ tablespoons butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • ½ cup white cooking wine
  • 1 lb fresh asparagus
  • 1 ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon of lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Remove the top baking rack from the oven so the Dutch oven can be positioned in the middle of the oven.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Wrap the top of the Dutch oven lid in foil.
  4. In a large pot, heat the vegetable broth over low heat.
  5. In a large Dutch oven, heat the butter over low-medium heat.
  6. Add the onion and stir until evenly coated with butter. Continue to cook over medium heat for 6 minutes, until the onion is translucent.
  7. Add the rice, and continue to cook for 2 minutes.
  8. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  9. Add the Holland House White Cooking Wine and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes until the wine is absorbed.
  10. Add the warmed broth, stir, and then cover with the foil-sealed lid. The foil will help trap all the moisture in the oven.
  11. Bake for 18-22 minutes. While the risotto is in the oven, use the pot that the broth cooked in to bring 6 cups of water to a boil.
  12. Fill a large bowl of ice water.
  13. Add the asparagus to the pot of boiling water and cook for 2 minutes until the asparagus is bright green.
  14. Remove the asparagus from the pot and plunge into a large bowl of ice water. This will stop the cooking process so the asparagus doesn’t get soggy.
  15. Chop the asparagus into 1-inch pieces.
  16. When you remove the Dutch oven, the risotto will still have a bit of broth visible in the pot. It should not be dry. Add the parmesan cheese and stir for 2-3 minutes until the risotto becomes creamy.
  17. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, and asparagus and serve immediately.

Keywords: dutch oven risotto

How to Reheat Dutch Oven Risotto

If you’re reheating this risotto, you can either heat it in the Dutch oven on the stovetop or transfer it to a microwave-safe bowl and reheat it in the microwave. Since risotto can thicken once it’s cooled, you may need to add a splash of broth to return it to a creamy consistency.

easy oven risotto

What to Serve with Dutch Oven Risotto

Pair this risotto with a simple salad or a side of vegetables! Try this lemon kale salad for a quick and easy side dish. If you love Brussels sprouts, try this shaved Brussels sprout salad with Parmesan and pine nuts.

kale salad in a bowl

What’s your favorite comfort food recipe?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Holland House. As always, all opinions are my own!