Black Garlic Risotto

This risotto is very easy to prepare and owes its delicate, yet peculiar flavour to its main ingredient: black garlic. In each and every mouthful of this creamy, scrumptious dish you will taste notes of mushrooms, wood and even liquorice. It’s a light and classy recipe that is sure to surprise everyone at the table.

Serves: 2 | Preparation time: 10 mins | Cooking time: 20 mins

  • Carnaroli or Arborio rice: 170 g
  • Parmesan, grated: 30 g
  • Cold Butter, unsalted: 30 g
  • Vegetable or beef stock: 1 l
  • Black garlic: 4 cloves
  • Spring onions or White onions, small: 1
  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO): 2 tbsp
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Tip: Make sure to keep the broth hot throughout the whole process and to pour it in only one ladle at a time. The rice will cook to perfection.

Finely slice the spring onion brown it in a saucepan with the olive oil. Pour in a tablespoonful of broth and let it simmer over medium heat until the onion softens up.

Add the rice to the suacepan and toast it for a couple of minutes. Toasting the rice prevents it from overcooking and it’s an unmissable step to cook a proper Italian risotto. Pour in a ladle of hot broth and stir.

Remove the skin from the black garlic and add the cloves to the rice in the saucepan. Black garlic is particularly soft and it will quickly dissolve into the broth making it slightly thicker.

Stir thoroughly and keep adding ladles of broth every time the liquid in the saucepan dries up, until the rice is cooked through.

Tip: When perfectly cooked, this risotto will turn out creamy, but not watery, and not runny, but not too dry, either. If that’s the consistency of your risotto, keep going, you’re headed in the right direction!

Add about ⅔ of the Parmesan and season to taste.

Tip: To achieve a perfect creamy finish, make sure to use very, very cold butter. Don’t take it out of the fridge before using it.

Turn off the heat and add the butter. Stir gently until the butter melts completely. Serve warm, topped with the remaining Parmesan.

This recipe was provided to Balsajo Black Garlic for use on their website only. We would like to thank Fiorenza from My Pinch of Italy for sharing this recipe and images.