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Pecorino Romano Risotto

A creamy and delicious healthy side dish!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6 .
Calories 253 kcal


  • Medium Sauce Pan
  • Large Sauce Pan


  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 4 cups Chicken broth, reduced sodium
  • ½ cup White wine dry
  • 1 cup Leeks chopped
  • ¾ cup Pecorino Romano cheese grated
  • 2 tablespoon Butter divided
  • ¼ teaspoon Black pepper


  • Chop the leek and grate the cheese. Set aside.
  • Warm the chicken broth in a medium saucepan.
  • In a large saucepan melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium low heat.
  • Add the leeks and cook for 5 minutes, or until tender. Stir frequently.
  • Add the rice and toast for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the wine and stir frequently, until the liquid has absorbed.
  • Add a ladle of broth to the rice and stir frequently until the liquid has been absorbed. Repeat this process by adding 1 ladle of broth at a time. Once the broth has all been added, you will end up with a creamy rice mixture. This process takes about 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the cheese, 1 tablespoon butter, and black pepper. Serve warm, and enjoy!


  • When chopping the leeks, use the light green/white stalk (cut off the dark green pieces and the very bottom). Cut in half lengthwise and then into slices crosswise. Rinse well under water.
  • Purchase a small block of pecorino Romano cheese and grate it yourself. This will result in a smoother product, as pre-grated cheese has fillers which do not melt as well and may clump.
  • You may use any dry white wine. I used Pinot Grigio.
  • The cooking process will require constant attention. The rice will need to be stirred frequently to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan. 
  • I like to garnish this dish with a little fresh thyme.


Serving: 6.Sodium: 218mgCalcium: 150mgVitamin C: 2mgVitamin A: 358IUSugar: 1gFiber: 1gPotassium: 212mgCholesterol: 18mgCalories: 253kcalSaturated Fat: 5gFat: 8gProtein: 10gCarbohydrates: 31gIron: 2mg