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Amarone Red Wine Risotto in a white dish with a bottle of Amarone and glass of Amarone next to it with salad in the background and chocolate cookies

Indulgent Amarone Red Wine Risotto

A risotto rich with butter and plenty of Parmigiano Reggiano and prepared with Amarone wine? Now that's SUPER INDULGENT!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course first course, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 3 people
Calories 781 kcal


  • Large skillet


  • 1.5 cups risotto rice such as Arborio
  • 1 cup Amarone wine can add more Amarone wine if you prefer a risotto with a bolder Amarone flavor
  • 5 cups chicken or vegetable broth (low salt) use a good quality broth; it make take a little more or less broth than 5 cups for you
  • ½ onion minced
  • 6 clove garlic minced
  • 6 tablespoon butter split (3 tablespoon to saute the garlic and onion and 3 tablespoon is added at the end of cooking)
  • ¼ cup Italian parsley for garnish
  • ¾ cup Parmigiano Reggiano grated; ¾ cup will be incorporated in the risotto; please have some more on hand to add as garnish
  • 4 oz chopped Prosciutto fried and added as a garnish; optional but oh so wonderful!
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • Begin by sautéing minced garlic and onion in melted butter on a medium high heat for 3-5 minutes, until the onion is softened. Next add the rice and stir until all of the grains are coated with butter. While your risotto is cooking, fry your chopped prosciutto (if using) until it is nice and crispy and set it aside until later.
    arborio rice with garlic and onion in a pan
  • At that point, add the Amarone and stir it through.
    arborio rice with red wine in a pan
  • Turn down the heat to between medium and medium high (closer to medium heat). Then begin adding ½ cup of broth at a time, stirring all the while. Once the broth you have added has been absorbed, then add some more until that has been absorbed, and so forth and so on. I like to start seasoning with some salt and pepper after about 2 cups of broth. After 2 cups have been added, with each additional ½ cup add a pinch of salt and pepper. Don't forget to keep stirring. This should take more or less around 30 minutes or so. It may take longer...you are finished when your rice is creamy and no more broth is absorbed. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper.
    Amarone Red Wine Risotto cooking in a pan
  • Then it's time to add the Parmigiano Reggiano and the remaining 3 tablespoon of butter.
    Amarone Red Wine Risotto with butter, pepper, and grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • The final touches are Italian parsley, crispy fried chopped prosciutto, and some additional Parmigiano Reggiano!
    Amarone Red Wine Risotto in a white dish with parsley scattered and a bottle of Amarone next to it


My recipe calls for just 1 cup of the Amarone to be added to the rice. Therefore that leaves plenty of wine to sip while enjoying your indulgent risotto!  
It pairs nicely with a wonderful green salad as well!


Calories: 781kcalCarbohydrates: 93gProtein: 30gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 809mgPotassium: 733mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 682IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 380mgIron: 6mg
Keyword amarone wine, red wine risotto, risotto
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