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Strawberry Risotto (Risotto alle Fragole) is a savory rice dish made with strawberries. It's comfort food to brighten up a cold winter day.

December weather in Atlanta has been odd. Well, odder than usual. The first part of the month was quite warm. It felt like spring. One day nearly reached 80 degrees. Then it turned cold, back to warm, and back cold again. I was flip-flopping between craving fresh berries and comfort food. What to do? Combine the two with Strawberry Risotto.

Where to get fresh strawberries in Georgia in winter? Luckily it just so happens to be prime season for Florida strawberries. All I have to do is go to my local grocery store. There I will find berries picked from Florida Strawberry Growers Association farms in the produce section.

Strawberry Risotto (Risotto alle Fragole) is a savory rice dish made with strawberries. It's comfort food to brighten up a cold winter day.

Strawberry Risotto is a savory dish. It may not sound that way. Yet anything made with onion, garlic, pepper, wine, vegetable broth, and olive oil has to be savory. It is a classic Italian dish called Risotto alle Fragole and served as either a first or main course.

Strawberry Risotto | Magnolia Days

Strawberries are a great source of nutrition. The vitamin C in them is especially great in winter. It’s a good thing to have anti-oxidants in your system to fight off colds and flu. Only eight medium strawberries can provide the daily requirement. For more strawberry nutrition information go here: 10 Reasons To Eat Strawberries.

Real risotto takes time and effort. Be ready to stand and stir for a while. The type of rice to use in critical. You need arborio or carnaroli as both are short grain and have a natural starch. Stirring releases the starch and is what makes it creamy. Once you have tasted real risotto you will know the difference. Everything else, all the cheater methods, are only rice with sauce.

Strawberry Risotto | Magnolia Days

Florida Strawberry Growers Association LogoKeeping up with the latest on Florida Strawberries is easy! All you have to do is follow them and Strawberry Sue on social media plus visit their websites:

There’s more! Show your love of strawberries on Instagram to enter to win a Visa gift card. There are three prizes: $100, $50, or $25. All you have to do is post a photo with a strawberry in it on Instagram and include the #FLStrawberry hashtag along with it. You must be a United States resident 18 years of age or older to enter and be eligible to win. Contest runs from 12/27/15 through 01/17/16. Winners will be chosen at random and announced during the live #SundaySupper Twitter party on Sunday, January 17, 2016 from 7 to 8pm Eastern Time. This promotion is not sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram. For complete contest rules and details go here: Show Us Your Strawberries Instagram Contest

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How about more strawberry recipes? Oh yes! All you have to do is scroll down to find a list of them. The Sunday Supper Movement is proud to partner with the Florida Strawberry Growers Association to share some summer sunshine in the dead of winter. You can also bring in a little cheers by making either a Strawberry Martini or German Strawberry Wine Punch (Erdbeerbowle).

Strawberry Risotto | Magnolia Days
5 from 5 votes

Strawberry Risotto

Strawberry Risotto (Risotto alle Fragole) is a savory rice dish made with strawberries. It's comfort food to brighten up a cold winter day.
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2 to 3 servings
Author Renee Dobbs


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked arborio or carnaroli rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth warm before starting risotto, simmering
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese parmigiano-reggiano recommended
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh strawberries


  1. Heat olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a heavy bottom sauté pan over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and cook until softened and opaque, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and pepper, stir, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add rice and stir to combine. Continue stirring and cooking until the edges of the rice are translucent and the center is still opaque, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add wine and stir to combine. Cook until the rice absorbs the wine, stirring constantly.
  5. Add warm broth, a ladle at a time, stirring after each addition and constantly stirring while cooking. Wait to add each ladle of broth until the rice has almost soaked up the last addition.
  6. Test the rice after you have added about 3 cups of broth to see if it is done. It should be al dente, with just a bit of chew to it and not completely soft or mushy.
  7. Note the risotto will not taste fully seasoned at this point. It will get saltiness from the parmesan cheese.
  8. The risotto is ready when it is similar to a thick porridge and has a creamy consistency.
  9. Add one more ladle of broth, remaining 2 tablespoons butter, and parmesan cheese. Stir to combine and keep stirring until butter and cheese has melted.
  10. Gently stir in strawberries. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Strawberry Risotto (Risotto alle Fragole) is a savory rice dish made with strawberries. It's comfort food to brighten up a cold winter day.

Do you want to enjoy summer freshness in winter? Take a look at these savory strawberry recipes by Sunday Supper tastemakers:

Strawberries for Starters

Strawberries for Breakfast

Strawberries for Lunch

Strawberries for Dinner

Plus don’t miss Delicious Strawberry Ideas and Sweet Recipes by Sunday Supper Movement

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Florida Strawberry Growers Association in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.

Recipe Rating

Krayl @ An Appealing Plan

Saturday 2nd of January 2016

I just made risotto for the holidays and can't wait to make this recipe to test out your method! I'm sure it's fantastic!


Wednesday 30th of December 2015

Risotto is one of my absolute favorite Italian dishes — never in a million years would I think to add strawberries. Sounds really tasty, and so creative!

Constance |

Tuesday 29th of December 2015

I can only imagine how flipping amazing this risotto must taste!

Katie @ Recipe for Perfection

Sunday 27th of December 2015

I have been growing more fond of risotto of late. I'd never heard of this variation, but it sounds delicious!

Cindys Recipes and Writings

Sunday 27th of December 2015

I'll eat this dish anytime of year!