Make Date Night Extra Special With This Caramelized Onion Risotto

Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
4 servings

Make date night extra delicious with a risotto inspired by Toronto-based restaurant Maker Pizza’s “Frank’s Best Pizza”. This Dining In risotto is creamy and subtly sweet, and features yummy ingredients like caramelized onions, tangy goat cheese, Parmesan and rosemary, and is finished with a drizzle of honey and sesame seeds. It’s an unexpected flavour combination that you (and whomever you’re trying to impress) will fall in love with.

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Tbsp butter, divided
Tbsp olive oil, divided
medium onions, thinly sliced lengthwise
pinch sea salt
cups chicken stock
1 ½
cups Arborio rice
1 ½
cups white wine
cup grated Parmesan, plus additional for serving
Tbsp goat cheese, plus additional for serving
tsp chopped fresh rosemary
tsp honey, for serving
tsp sesame seeds, for serving


Caramelized risotto ingredients on white countertop
Step 1

Heat 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet or medium pot. Add onions and cook, without stirring, for 3 to 5 minutes, until they begin to brown. Season with salt and stir, scraping up any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Caramelize for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, stirring every 3 to 5 minutes, until sweet and deep brown in colour. Transfer to a bowl and set the pan aside, leaving any bits of onion in the pan.

Caramelized onions in white ramekin
Step 2

Heat the chicken stock in a saucepan until it just comes to a boil. Lower heat to its lowest setting.

Step 3

Using the pan that caramelized the onions, turn to high heat. Add remaining butter and olive oil and once the butter is melted, stir in the rice, frying for 3 to 4 minutes until the edges are translucent. Pour in the wine and constantly stir until absorbed. Add in 1 cup of the hot stock and stir until it is absorbed, then repeat 4 to 5 more times until the rice is al dente.

Risotto cooking in white pot
Step 4

Add half the caramelized onions to the risotto, along with Parmesan, goat cheese and rosemary. Stir until evenly distributed then season with salt.

Step 5

To serve, plate risotto and use the back of a fork to make a divot. Top with remaining onions, then sprinkle with additional Parmesan, goat cheese, honey and sesame seeds.

Caramelized risotto in white bowl

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