Truffles are the caviar of the fungi world.
Risotto is a delectable meal that brings together rice, broth, and a variety of other ingredients to make a comforting, creamy dish.
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Truffle risotto combines these two elements for a decadent delicacy that makes for an unforgettable meal.
But what to serve with truffle risotto?
The first thing to consider is the type of risotto you’re making.
- Do you want it to be vegetarian? Or would you prefer it have meat in it?
- Would you like it to have seafood?
- What about fruit or another unexpected ingredient?
This article will help you figure out what to serve with truffle risotto so that your guests’ hearts and stomachs are left satisfied after the meal ends.
What to Serve with Truffle Risotto
Truffle risotto is a delicate dish, and pairing it with something that’s rich and hearty is a great way to ensure that everyone gets their share.
You can serve the risotto with a traditional pasta, such as penne or rigatoni (Check out this article for the best sauces for rigatoni pasta), but you’ll want to make sure that it’s prepared with a buttery pasta sauce.
Alternatively, you can serve it with a roasted vegetable side dish, like roasted tomatoes or roasted brussels sprouts.
Ready to serve?
This is a list of 10 sides that we think pair perfectly with truffle risotto:
1. Corn on the cob,
There’s nothing like the fresh taste of corn on the cob.
Here’s how to make it at home:
- Buy some corn.
- Boil it in a pot of water with salt and sugar until they are tender, which takes about five minutes.
- Drain the water and rub butter on the corn and sprinkle salt and pepper on top of it.
- That’s it!
One thing to consider before choosing corn on the cob as your side dish is that it isn’t very good cold.
If you’re looking for a meal that can be prepared in advance and eaten later, we recommend considering another side dish, like asparagus or broccoli.
There’s nothing better than a side dish that lets the star of the show shine through!
To make this side dish, you’ll need these ingredients:
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Lemon juice (optional)
Here’s how to make it:
- First, wash your asparagus.
- Then cut off the fibrous bottom of each stalk – you can do this by grasping the end of the asparagus and gently bending it until it snaps.
- Discard the ends you cut off.
- Next, drizzle some olive oil on the asparagus and sprinkle it with salt and pepper.
- Then put them in a skillet or frying pan over medium heat and cook for 5 minutes, or until they start to soften, but aren’t floppy yet.
- Then remove them from the heat and serve!
- If you want you can also drizzle some lemon juice over them before serving; that’s totally optional though.
Wasn’t that easy?
Now all you have left to do is sit down, enjoy your meal, and congratulate yourself for making such a delicious side dish at home.
Roasted carrots are easy to make and they look beautiful on the plate.
- Carrots – at least one per person, roughly chopped
- Butter – one stick per 10 people (feel free to go easier on the butter if you’re watching your calorie intake)
- Olive oil – two tablespoons per ten people
- Salt – one teaspoon per ten people (or to taste)
- Pepper – half a teaspoon per ten people (or to taste)
- Wash carrots thoroughly and chop into one-inch chunks.
- Toss in bowl with oil and spices.
- Spread on baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Turn carrots over and bake for another 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven, top with melted butter, taste test for seasoning adjustment, and serve.
This dish can be made ahead of time to save on prep time the day of your event.
You know what’s great about baked sweet potatoes?
They’re delicious AND they’re easy to make at home!
Here’s how we do it:
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Rinse and dry the potato. Poke a few holes in it, then put it on a plate or in a paper bag and microwave for five minutes.
- (Optional) Cut the potato in half, then rub the open side with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
- Put the potato (or two halves) on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes, or until soft inside and crispy outside.
- Remove from oven, then top with whatever you’d like! We recommend butter, parsley, salt, pepper, feta cheese…the possibilities are endless! Yum!
Before you choose this as your side dish, though, there is one thing to consider: Truffle Risotto is pretty rich, so if you think that might be too much of a good thing, we’d recommend skipping this particular side dish.
Meatballs go great with risotto because they have the same sort of consistency, and that gives you a comforting, homey feeling when you eat them together.
To make meatballs at home, all you need to do is:
- Combine ground beef (or turkey), bread crumbs, egg, garlic, and onion in a medium bowl.
- Shape the meat into small balls about 2 inches in diameter.
- Brown the meatballs in olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
- Put them in marinara sauce and boil or simmer on low heat until they are done cooking (about 20 minutes).
But before you choose this side, consider this: meatballs are pretty heavy.
You probably don’t want to start off with a dish that’s going to fill you up before the main course!
You might be surprised to know that chickpea salad can be a very sophisticated side dish.
- Prepare this simple salad by first chopping up a head of romaine lettuce, half an English cucumber, and 1/2 cup feta cheese.
- Next, combine them in a large bowl with two cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed (reserve a few chickpeas for garnish).
- Once those ingredients are combined, mix in 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, and 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice.
- Top with reserved chickpeas and some freshly ground black pepper.
7. French Fries
French fries are simple, but they pair well with the risotto and make the whole meal feel more substantial.
Making French fries at home is not as complicated as you might think.
- about four large potatoes, scrubbed clean
- about 1/4 cup olive oil
- one teaspoon salt
- one teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
- First, cut each potato into small sticks.
- Try to keep them all around the same size so they will cook evenly.
- Pour the olive oil into a bowl, then add the salt and garlic powder.
- Add the potato sticks to the bowl and mix until they’re coated in oil and seasoning.
- Place them on an oven tray lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes or until they’re golden brown and crisp on the outside.
- Serve hot with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce!
Something to consider before serving French fries as a side dish: they can be pretty messy if you don’t have napkins!
So be sure to stock up on napkins if you plan on serving them, or go ahead and buy finger bowls that people can use to rinse their hands after eating.
Mushroom soup is a great side dish to serve with truffle risotto.
If you want to make it yourself, here’s how we do it:
- To make this mushroom soup at home, start by sautéing one pound of mushrooms (we like to use a combination of cremini, shiitake, and porcini) in butter with 1/2 cup of chopped onion and one minced clove of garlic.
- After 20 minutes, add 1 quart of chicken stock and bring to a boil for 15 minutes before reducing to a simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
- Lastly, stir in 1/2 cup of light cream and salt and pepper to taste.
- Garnish with chives or cilantro.
One thing to consider before choosing this particular side dish is that it can stand in as its own meal if you’re not serving anything else on the side.
8 Best Sides to Serve with Truffle Risotto
- Corn on the cob
- Grilled Asparagus
- Roasted carrots
- Baked sweet potatoes
- Chickpea Salad
- French Fries
- Mushroom Soup
- Pick any of the sides from this list to serve with your tasty meal.
- Prepare the ingredients according to the recipe.
- Enjoy your meal in no time!