Miami chef Michelle Bernstein believes every beginner should know how to make a decent risotto: "If you follow the recipe of a traditional risotto, if you have the stock hot and don't cook it over 20 minutes, it should be good. Risotto is easy to make, but you have to pay attention." Creamy risotto is often associated with high-end restaurants, but it's really one of the simplest comfort foods that a home cook can whip up. once you have the basics down, use Food & Wine's guide to find recipes and flavoring ideas for any occasion.

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Risotto with Anchovy and Ginger
Marzapane restaurant in Rome flavors this buttery risotto with both salted anchovies and colatura, the deeply savory Italian version of fish sauce. As a surprisingly delicious contrast to the rich risotto, the chef garnishes the dish with candied ginger. Slideshow:  More Risotto Recipes 
Fennel Risotto
Rating: Unrated 1
Venice-based blogger Skye McAlpine doesn't add wine to this risotto; this keeps the fennel flavor pure and sweet. Swap a vegetable stock for the chicken broth if you're cooking for vegetarians. Slideshow:  More Risotto Recipes 
Risotto-Style Penne with Tomatoes and Zucchini Blossoms
Rating: Unrated 5
Fabio Trabocchi, an F&W Best New Chef, likes this unusual method of cooking pasta in the style of risotto to create a rich, silky sauce. "It works beautifully with small shapes like penne," he says. A really good imported slow-dried pasta will be quite porous, which allows it to soak up liquid bit by bit, just as rice does in risotto; it also means the pasta will maintain its shape as it becomes al dente. Slideshow:  More Penne Recipes 
Baked Shrimp Risotto
Rating: Unrated 3540
In her cheater’s risotto, Kay Chun doesn’t bother with stirring; instead, she bakes the rice in the oven, then adds shrimp and cheese at the very end. Slideshow:  How to Make Risotto 
23 Risotto Recipes to Make Again and Again
Whether you like your risotto studded with shrimp or mixed with earthy mushrooms, these risotto recipes are sure to deliver maximum satisfaction and flavor. Some of our favorites include this Lobster Risotto, which gets a double dose of seafood from bottled clam juice and cooked lobster meat, and striking Risotto Nero with Squash & Burrata,where the cheese and a butternut squash puree pop against Venere black rice. This impressive yet simple—we're talking ready in 30 minutes, simple—Saffron Risotto is also a winner. With over 20 recipes to choose from, you're bound to find a new favorite of your own.

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Chicken-and-Seafood Paella
Rating: Unrated 5213
“A real paella is infused with smoky flavor, which is why traditional Spanish cooks almost always make the dish outside over a large fire,” Seamus Mullen says. This recipe requires a 17-inch paella pan, which is available online at tienda.com.
Cheesy Farro-and-Tomato Risotto
Rating: Unrated 2310
Rajat Parr came up with this vibrant risotto when trying to feed a bunch of hungry friends in his San Francisco apartment from a pantry that happened to contain tomatoes and farroMore Amazing Vegetarian Dishes