What to Serve with Risotto

If you are trying to figure out what to serve and eat with risotto for dinner, this list is exactly what you are looking for. Creamy slow-cooked rice, risotto, is a traditional Italian meal, side, or starter that takes time to make. It is an elegant dish that deserves something wonderful to be served alongside it. All of these suggested sides work great for offering with any risotto however it is flavored, including mushroom, chicken, seafood, saffron, white wine, peas, asparagus, parmesan, and vegetarian recipes.

The best sides and entrees to serve with risotto are all right here. If you want traditional Italian sides, salads, drinks, meats, and even desserts, this list of best recipes has you covered with so many choices on what to eat. Whether you enjoy homemade risotto for a weeknight or a meal with guests, these recipes have something for everyone including gluten-free, paleo, keto, low-carb, and nut-free recipes.   


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This is a tasty list of what sides to eat with Risotto for brunch, lunch, or dinner. To help you decide what to serve with it, I have broken down the list into some subcategories. So based on what course you are looking for these recipes, all are perfect to serve with this Italian rice dish including appetizers, drinks, side dishes, and even dessert.  There are healthy salads, slaws, vegetables, baked goods, and sweets.  This list includes the best of what to make and serve with comforting Italian risotto:

  • Classic & Unique Italian Recipes to Serve with Risotto
  • Appetizers, Baked Goods, & Drinks to Serve With Risotto
  • Soups, Salads & Vegetables to Serve with Risotto
  • Desserts to Serve With Risotto


Classic & Unique Italian Recipes to Serve with Risotto

This list of sides to serve with creamy Italian rice includes some of the best authentic and new recipe ideas.  If you want standards like shrimp scampi or chicken, these amazing recipes are listed below.  No matter which recipe you choose, they all taste amazing and go well with your next risotto supper.

Sheet Pan Shrimp Scampi with Tomatoes & Zucchini
This quick and easy sheet pan recipe is the best garlic, butter, and lemon shrimp scampi with tomatoes and zucchini. A wonderful low-carb weeknight dinner that the whole family will love
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Sheet Pan Shrimp Scampi w tomatoes & zucchini
Italian Chicken Drumsticks
This recipe for authentic Italian chicken drumsticks is bursting with flavor thanks to an easy lemon, garlic, and herb marinade.
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Italian Chicken Drumsticks
Instant Pot Italian Sausage & Peppers
Instant Pot Italian sausage and peppers is a quick & easy recipe. They are great for sandwiches or as is for the best keto, low-carb, or gluten-free meal. This Instant Pot sausage and pepper recipe is done in one pot and is complete in just 20-minutes. 
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Instant Pot Italian Sausage & Peppers featured overhead of plate with sausage and peppers

Appetizers, Baked Goods, & Drinks to Serve With Risotto

Start off dinner with a cocktail or appetizer the next time you have risotto. Or bake some fresh bread to dip into that creamy comforting rice.  Enjoy a martini, tomato bruschetta, and fresh-baked ciabatta bread to get things started.

Salted Caramel Espresso Martini
Salted caramel espresso martinis are a perfectly rich, sweet, and creamy vodka cocktail recipe. Like a combination of a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato and a Kahlua White Russian.
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Crispy Baked Marinated Artichoke Hearts
Crispy oven-baked marinated artichoke hearts is the easiest recipe ever. It is so simple to cook marinated, canned, or frozen artichoke hearts in the oven on high heat to get a crispy outside and a tender inside. They're best as an appetizer, healthy snack, salad pizza topping, or side dish. Artichoke hearts are a wonderful cracker or chip replacement that makes a good gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb, and keto dipper.
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Easy Tomato Basil Bruschetta
This traditional bruschetta combines the perfect flavors of fresh Roma tomatoes, sweet basil, salty capers, and pungent garlic.
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Ciabatta Bread
Homemade rustic Italian bread has a crispy crust and a tender chewy inside.
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Taralli Pugliesi - Italian Black Pepper Cookies
Taralli are wonderful baked wheat flour rings that are a classic snack in Italy.  Taralli are savory bites that are crispy on the outside and have flaky inside.  The taste is a wonderful combination of floral olive oil and spicy black pepper with every nibble.
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Easy Homemade Soft Dinner Rolls
The best soft homemade dinner rolls baked using yeast are easy to make. These rolls are delicious and enjoyed best when warm straight out of the oven.
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Freshly baked easy homemade soft dinner rolls

Soups, Salads & Vegetables to Serve with Risotto

This category of ideas to serve with risotto includes quick, easy, and healthy recipes. They are all on the lighter side and include vegetable side dishes that use healthy ingredients to complete your meal. These recipes include gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan ideas.

Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli
Instant pot steamed broccoli is a healthy and easy recipe that comes out perfect every time. In just a few minutes fresh broccoli is cooked and ready to enjoy.  This method works in any electric pressure cooker with or without a steamer basket and results in fresh steamed broccoli that is not mushy. 
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Amazing Roasted Green Beans with Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning
These delicious but easy green beans will be a family favorite. The nutty sesame seasoning that includes garlic and onion adds so much flavor.
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Caramelized Brussel sprouts with Brown Sugar, Bacon, & Blue Cheese
Caramelized Brussel sprouts with brown sugar are a wonderful simple side dish.  To make Brussel sprouts even more wonderful add bacon and blue cheese for a sweet, salty, creamy, and nutty delight. 
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Grilled Peach, Avocado, and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad
Sweet grilled peaches, creamy avocado, tangy goat cheese, and spicy arugula are a summer salad sensation.
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grilled Peach avocado goat cheese arugula salad

Desserts to Serve With Risotto

An Italian meal isn’t complete until you have dessert. Any of these wonderful desserts would be great to complete your risotto dinner. Whether you want something rich or cool, these dessert recipes are great to make and serve at the end of your meal. 

Keto No-Bake Cheesecake
This easy no-bake keto cheesecake is creamy, sweet, and yummy. It is gluten-free, low-carb, and diabetic-friendly with only a few ingredients.
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Keto No-Bake Cheesecake recipe card slice on a plate with mint and blueberries fork and napkin and whole cheesecake in the background
3-Ingredients create a creamy custard and caramelized sugar topping for the perfect creme brulee.
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easy 3-ingredient creme brulee
Stewed Pears
Sweet pears are stewed with sugar and cinnamon for a sweet treat. They are great for breakfast or for dessert as a topping or accompaniment. This quick and easy recipe makes wonderfully spiced pears.
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Stewed Pears featured image of a white ramekin filled with stewed pears with a touch of cinnamon a spoon and red cloth napkin are to the left




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What to Serve with Risotto PN1 4 recipe images ciabatta brussels sprouts with bacon taralli and sausage and peppers

What to Serve with Risotto

If you are trying to figure out what goes well with risotto this list is exactly what you are looking for. If you want appetizers, cocktails, salads, vegetables, or dessert this list has the best recipes for side dishes to eat with Italian entrees.
Prep Time 0 mins
Course Drinks, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4



  • Ciabatta
  • Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Blue Cheese
  • Roasted Green Beans
  • Tomato Bruschetta
  • Taralli
  • Cheesecake
  • Creme Brulee


  • Make your favorite homemade risotto recipe.
  • Choose one or more of these recipes to serve with it.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword appetizers, desserts, drinks, entree, Italian, side dishes, sides

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