Pesto Burrata Risotto

This glorious risotto is all the delicious herby green that pesto can bring. She is dressed for spring with a gooey delicious crown of burrata. Rich, fresh, and vegetarian to boot. Without a doubt, the Queen of Spring.


Servings: 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes


  • 34 OZ / 1000 ML chicken broth
  • 2 OZ / 60 G butter, divided
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14 OZ / 400 G Arborio rice
  • 8.75 OZ / 250 G button mushrooms, finely chopped
  • handful of parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 6oz Pesto
  • Burrata (4-6 balls)
  • 1 pinch chili powder
  • juice from half a lemon (about 1 ½ tbsp)
  • 3 OZ / 90 G Parmesan, grated
  • 1 tsp salt
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste


  1. Bring the chicken broth to a simmer in a pot. Reduce heat to low to keep warm.
  2. Heat half of the butter in a medium Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic. Heat until fragrant, stirring frequently to prevent burning, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the rice and sauté for 1 minute.
  4. Stir in 1 ladle, or ½ cup, warm chicken broth at a time, stirring constantly. Do not add more broth until the previous broth has been absorbed by the rice. Repeat for 10 minutes.
  5. Add the mushrooms and continue to stir in liquid one ladle at a time. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until rice is fully cooked but not mushy. Turn off the heat.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in pesto, chili powder, and lemon juice.
  7. Stir in grated parmesan and the remaining butter.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then transfer the risotto to plates.
  9. Plate each serving and top with a torn burrata ball.