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Parmesan Potato Risotto by Modern Honey l www.modernhoney.comGrowing up, Sundays were all about church, a big Sunday dinner and a long nap.  Our meals always included meat and potatoes, which is probably why a nap was always an essential follow-up to our meal.  My Mom would make every variation of potatoes she could think of and was the queen of the cheesy potatoes. I am going to show you how to combine two of the best dishes into one – creamy risotto and cheesy potatoes.

This recipe for Parmesan Potato Risotto is made with Yukon Gold potatoes….not rice. Mind blowing, I know.  So what is risotto? It is a northern Italian rice dish that is cooked to a creamy consistency in broth. This Parmesan Potato Risotto uses the exact same process of slowly simmering the starch into the chicken broth, then seasoning it with a heavy dose of butter and Parmesan cheese but it uses potatoes instead of rice. I mean, how can you go wrong?

Potatoes on their own can be quite bland but by slowly simmering the potatoes with sautéed onions and adding chicken broth slowly, the potatoes are seasoned from the inside. The potatoes literally soak up the chicken broth, which makes them not only tender but incredibly flavorful as well.

After the potatoes are tender, you add in a little more butter because let’s be honest — everything is better with butter. Oh and don’t get me started on Parmesan cheese.  It not only adds creaminess but adds a sharp flavor that only Parmesan cheese can do.

Parmesan Potato Risotto by Modern Honey l www.modernhoney.comI only share recipes on Modern Honey that my kids devour because they are my biggest taste testers. At a young age, I tried to get them to eat and try everything.  They will tell you they are still traumatized by the pumpkin soup I made them eat years ago, so it isn’t always a slam dunk. When I first made this Parmesan Potato Risotto, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. I have made plenty of risotto using rice but wasn’t sure how it would work using potatoes.

They literally ate it so quickly that it was gone before my husband could even try it! I ended up making a second batch and it was gone within minutes. Even though we  took a cooking class together at Sur La Table and learned how to make authentic risotto, my husband still prefers the Parmesan Potato Risotto. It’s just a warm bowl of comfort food that everyone will love.

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Parmesan Potato Risotto

By: Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey
Parmesan Potato Risotto is the ultimate comfort food. Warm, cheesy, and buttery potatoes slowly simmered in chicken broth to seep in the flavors. It will be a family favorite in no time!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 cup Onion finely diced
  • 4-6 Yukon Gold Potatoes peeled and diced into 1/8 inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 3 cups Chicken Broth
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 2 Tablespoons Scallions thinly sliced
  • Fresh Basil optional
  • Shaved Parmesan garnish


  • In large saute pan, melt 4 Tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add onions and saute for 2-3 minutes, or until soft.
  • Add the potatoes and thyme and stir to coat. Season with salt and pepper and ladle in 1/2 cup of chicken stock.
  • Simmer the potatoes until the chicken stock has been absorbed, stirring often. Repeat the process using 1/2 cup a stock at a time until the potatoes are just cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Add remaining 4 Tablespoons of butter and parmesan cheese to hot potatoes.
  • Cook over low heat until the cheese and butter is melted. Taste and season accordingly.
  • Ladle the parmesan potato risotto into bowls and top with scallions, parmesan cheese, and optional fresh basil.


Calories: 261kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 1163mg, Potassium: 593mg, Fiber: 3g, Vitamin A: 585IU, Vitamin C: 22.8mg, Calcium: 197mg, Iron: 4.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side or Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 261
Keyword: potato risotto
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  2. 5 stars
    Hi! I added a half cup white wine before the chicken broth and it came out just as delicious. We paired it with burger steak and my family loved it! Thank you for this recipe.