If you’re wondering what to serve with your truffle risotto, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for truffle risotto.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with truffle risotto are parmesan crisps, a simple green salad, or candied bacon. For a meaty, option go for something like roast chicken or pan-seared scallops. For a vegetable side, go for roasted leeks or sauteed asparagus.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Roasted butternut squash
Roasted butternut squash is a wonderful, autumnal side dish.
It has a slightly nutty taste that goes really well with the truffle’s earthiness, and a creamy texture to match the creamy risotto.
Spooning a couple of chunks of squash on top of the risotto also adds a nice pop of color.
Check out this recipe for roasted butternut squash with garlic and herbs recipe from Cooking Classy.
Instead of shaving extra parmesan over your risotto, why not serve these parmesan chips.
They’ll add some much-needed texture to your risotto dish and they’re oh-so-satisfying to eat.
And the best part?
They’re ridiculously easy to make. You only need four ingredients and 15 minutes.
I won’t blame you if you immediately go through half a tray of these addictive parmesan chips with oregano and pine nuts.
Simple green salad
Truffle risotto can be a very heavy dish, so sometimes you’ll want a light side to go along with it.
And you can’t go wrong with a simple green salad.
Freshly tossed greens with a lemon vinaigrette will hit the spot in just the right way.
The acidity from the dressing will undercut the richness in the risotto leaving you with a perfectly balanced meal.
Diana’s recipe only takes 5 minutes to put together!
Lemon rosemary roast chicken
Last but certainly not least, what about roast chicken!
Can you imagine your creamy, deep-flavored risotto alongside a slice of succulent, rosemary roasted chicken?
Please tell me I’m not the only one getting hungry here.
This recipe from Tania makes an absolute bombshell of a roasted chicken – crispy on the outside but so juicy and flavorful on the inside.
And the best part? You can save the leftover chicken for sandwiches the next day.
Chopped asparagus with pancetta
Is it springtime yet?
My favourite thing about spring is asparagus.
Pairing your truffle risotto with asparagus will add color, crunch and flavor.
And adding in tiny bites of pancetta brings a smokiness to the dish that works really well with the mushroomy-like truffle.
Alejandra’s recipe details a sweet and simple way to prepare asparagus with pancetta to perfection. You must try it!
Psst… peas will work too.
Seared sea scallops
Truffle risotto is a fancy dish, and seared scallops will make an equally fancy accompaniment.
They’re not as hard to cook as you think either.
They only take a couple of minutes to cook, so you can concentrate on entertaining instead of slaving away over a pan.
Here’s a super easy guide to making seared sea scallops. They’re divine!
The one thing truffle risotto is lacking is crunch.
But not anymore.
These herb candied bacon strips provide that and more!
Psst.. use thick cut bacon for the best results.
Pesto challah bread
Challah bread is similar to brioche in that it’s slightly sweet.
But mixed with pesto and parmesan, this bread becomes a fantastic side for mopping up all the risotto sauce.
It’s fluffy, light, and airy so it isn’t too heavy or filling. And it looks great.
This recipe from Elisabeth will guide you through making this stunning parmesan pesto challah bread.
Simple roasted leeks
Simple roasted leeks – what a delight.
Leeks are often overlooked as a side but can taste amazing when you cook them right.
They have a subtle flavor, so won’t overwhelm or compete with the truffle in the risotto.
But they’ll add a hint of sweetness to an otherwise pretty savory dish.
These roasted leeks will be an instant success.
Sweet potato slices
This sweet potato spiral isn’t your normal sweet potato dish.
The thin slices mean the edges of the potatoes get a really nice caramelized texture, which enhances the sweetness of the dish.
This inventive spiral sweet potato bake will be a yummy addition to your risotto dinner.
How about something to wet your appetite?
If you’re serving the truffle risotto to guests, set up an antipasto platter as a starter to really wow them.
Smokey, salty meats. Creamy, indulgent cheeses. And then some tangy pickled vegetables.
It’s the perfect lead for a truffle risotto.
Heidi’s recipe will help you to layer your antipasto platter with all the right flavors.
The best side dishes for truffle risotto
- Roasted butternut squash
- Parmesan chips
- Simple green salad
- Lemon rosemary roast chicken
- Chopped asparagus with pancetta
- Seared sea scallops
- Candied bacon
- Pesto challah bread
- Simple roasted leeks
- Sweet potato slices
- Antipasto platter
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What To Serve With Truffle Risotto
- 1 portion truffle risotto
- Prepare your truffle risotto according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: roasted butternut squash, parmesan chips, simple green salad, lemon rosemary roast chicken, chopped asparagus with pancetta, seared sea scallops, candied bacon, pesto challah bread, simple roasted leeks, sweet potato slices, and an antipasto platter.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!