Risotto with Amarone is one of the most popular dishes of the Veronese culinary tradition.

Risotto with Amarone
Risotto with Amarone


  • 320 g Carnaroli or Arborio rice
  • 1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
  • 2 glasses of Amarone della Valpolicella wine
  • 1.5 liters of vegetable broth (hot)
  • 60 g butter
  • 60 g grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil


  1. Prepare the broth: Bring the vegetable broth to a boil in a saucepan and keep it warm during the risotto preparation.
  2. Sauté the onion: In a large pan, heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and add the finely chopped onion. Sauté over medium-high heat until it becomes transparent and slightly golden.
  3. Toast the rice: Add the rice to the pan and toast for a few minutes, stirring constantly. This step helps make the risotto creamier.
  4. Deglaze with Amarone: Pour the Amarone wine over the rice and onion mixture. Let the alcohol evaporate, continuing to stir until the wine is almost completely absorbed.
  5. Add the broth: Begin adding the hot broth, one ladle at a time, to the rice. Gently stir and wait for the liquid to be absorbed before adding more. Continue this process until the rice is cooked al dente.
  6. Finish cooking: Ensure that the rice is cooked to perfection, creamy but still al dente. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  7. Mantecare: Turn off the heat and add the butter and grated Parmesan cheese to the risotto. Stir vigorously until you achieve a creamy and velvety consistency.
  8. Rest: Cover the pan with a lid and let the risotto rest for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  9. Serve: Plate the Amarone risotto in individual dishes. If desired, garnish with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and a grind of black pepper.

Amarone Risotto is a sophisticated dish that will delight your palate with its rich flavors. Paired with a glass of the same Amarone used in the preparation, this culinary experience becomes a true journey of gastronomic delight. Enjoy your meal!