This Blue Cheese Risotto with Kale is packed with creamy flavor and incredibly easy to make. Yes, risotto is the perfect weeknight dinner!
(This recipe for Blue Cheese Risotto with Kale was originally published in January 2012, but was updated with new photos in 2019).
I'm pretty sure you know by now that you can do ANYTHING (and everything) with risotto. And that I most definitely do.
I'm pretty sure I could come up with a new risotto plan every single evening and I actually have a few brewing in my head as we speak. I've even made a Mushroom Quinoa Risotto before because yes, you can make risotto with quinoa. And yes, you should.
But you can also make a seemingly typical risotto with arborio rice. And then jam pack it full of blue cheese, kale, and pine nuts. And call it a day. Or a dinner. And a lunch the next day.
Because let's face it, I barely have enough time to get dinner on the table at night, much less lunch in the work bag.
And this truly is one of my favorite things about risotto. It's so versatile, I feel like I'm eating a completely new dish every time I make it. But I am able to make risotto with my eyes shut. And that means a lot to me right now. Trust me, a lot.
The other wonderful thing about risotto? There's usually wine involved. But only ¾ cup. Which means there's still almost a whole bottle left to enjoy with your meal. How can you not love a recipe like that?
Blue Cheese Risotto with Kale Recipe
This blue cheese risotto recipe is truly for blue cheese lovers only... If you're not a fan of blue cheese, you should probably stay far away. Or maybe just give this blue cheese risotto a try because it might actually make you fall in love!
And now I will commence typing this recipe with my eyes closed. I'm kidding, but I actually probably could. I know the risotto making technique so well by now. And I did take PAWS for Typing in second grade (please tell me you know what this is!).
You'll start by bringing the chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan and then lowering the temperature to a simmer.
Add olive oil to a different medium sized saucepan and stir in shallots and onion over medium heat. Cook for about 3 minutes, until onion is translucent. Add arborio rice to the pot and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring gently.
Pour in your lovely white wine and stir. Let rice absorb all of the liquid.
Then begin adding chicken broth to the mixture one cup at a time, stirring in between each addition and waiting for liquid to absorb.
Remember, you don't have to stir risotto non-stop, but make sure you keep an eye on it and stir occasionally or all the liquid could absorb and rice will stick to the pot.
While you're waiting for the chicken broth to be absorbed by the rice, crumble up some blue cheese. Blue cheese has ALWAYS been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember.
I am a huge fan of stinky cheese and the more flavorful the better.
Toast up your pine nuts, too. But you may have to open up your eyes for this one. It's pretty much the law of the world that I will burn one batch of pine nuts every time I toast them. Which is a dang shame since the cost of pine nuts is exorbitant. Anyway.
Stir in your cheese and your kale leaves, letting the cheese melt a bit and the kale wilt a little bit. I still wanted my kale to have a little bit of crunch, so I took the pot off the heat pretty quickly.
Mix in the pine nuts and serve! With a few more pine nuts sprinkled on top. Because there's no such thing as too many pine nuts.
Until you go broke eating them. And burning the others.
This blue cheese risotto was everything I wanted it to be. Simple to make, packed with blue cheese flavor with a nutty touch, and filled with a bit of green goodness, too.
It's also, pure, pure comfort. Which is another thing I really truly need this week.
I hope I've done my job of convincing you that risotto is ridiculously easy to make. And that this blue cheese risotto is totally appropriate for a weeknight dinner after a busy day of work where all you want to do is lounge on the couch.
And I promise I'll stop writing about risotto now and start trying to get more creative with other entrees again.
You know, right after I write an entire cookbook on risotto... There are simply too many fantastic risotto recipes swimming around in my head.
Risotto, I just can't quit you. I hope that's OK with y'all.
Do you have a recipe you'd be perfectly happy making over and over again with different variations?
More Risotto Recipes
If you love risotto as much as I do, check out some of my other favorite risotto recipes:
- Breakfast Risotto with Bacon and Poached Egg
- Lemon and Fennel Risotto with Mussels
- BLT Risotto
- Jalapeño Cheddar Risotto
- Red Wine Olive Risotto
- Mushroom Risotto
- Oven Baked Broccoli Cauliflower Risotto (from Cotter Crunch)
Blue Cheese Risotto with Kale
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 shallots, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 ½ cup arborio rice
- ¾ cup dry white wine (like pinot grigio)
- 4 oz. blue cheese, crumbled
- 3 cups kale, cleaned with ribs removed
- ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
- In a medium saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil and then lower the temperature to a simmer. Keep broth on burner.
- Add olive oil to a separate medium sized saucepan and stir in shallots and onion over medium heat. Cook for about 3 minutes, until onion is translucent.
- Add arborio rice to pot and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring gently.
- Pour in white wine and stir. Let rice absorb all of the liquid.
- Begin adding chicken broth to the risotto mixture one cup at a time, stirring in between each addition and waiting for liquid to absorb. You don't have to stir the risotto non-stop, but make sure you keep an eye on it and stir every now and then to prevent rice from sticking to the pot.
- Stir in the blue cheese and kale, letting the cheese melt a bit and the kale wilt a bit.
- Mix in the pine nuts and serve the risotto in individual bowls with additional pine nuts sprinkled on top.
Simply Life says
I love risotto as well and this looks like a perfect winter recipe!
Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living says
This sounds delicious! I recently discovered how amazing farro is in risotto, so I think I'll try it using your recipe - blue cheese & kale are great add-ins =).
I feel the same way with mashed cauliflower. I'll add different cheeses, herbs, etc. and it always tastes so good to me!
Heather @ Bake, Run, Live says
Cookies! You can add so many different things to a basic cookie dough recipe, and get yummy results every time!
emily @ the happy home says
oh, yum! funny thing is, i always forget about the wine step. but it does help! love this.
Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic says
I've never had risotto with blue cheese but I am sure I will love it! I have some leftover mushroom risotto at home, I might just mix in some blue cheese for a quick fix 😉
Michelle Collins says
I love making curry dishes with different kinds of vegetables and beans. Served with some warm naan, it's always a delicious dinner!
I've never had risotto with blue cheese either but I know I would love it - especially paired with the kale and pine nuts - yum!
sounds divine, i'm following you on this kale trip, would not have tried it without your last recommendation, now its almost a staple.
Gia Grossman says
I love meals that you are do good at making, you can do them with your eyes shut. But that you can still make exciting and new! This looks so yummy.
natalie (the sweets life) says
oh my goodness--this sounds SO wonderful!! i love anything with kale!
Made this last night. Turned out amazing.
Making this tonight. Thanks for solving hunger in Dorchester.
hmmmm - looks so comforting and like risotto perfection.
Yummy! I'm eating this right now and it was so easy. Thank you so much for your recipes and teaching me how to adult!
Hi there - this looks amazing! I would love to try it. I love blue cheese but my husband cannot have blue cheese or any type of soft cheese - could you recommend another cheese? Would a Gruyere work?
Thanks and have a great weekend everyone!
@Cheryl- I think gruyere would be delicious! Risotto is traditionally made with parmesan, but I think gruyere would be a bit more fun! I hope you enjoy it 🙂