Pancetta Risotto with Truffle Oil


Can you believe that Thanksgiving was only two weeks ago? I can’t. I hosted this year’s festivities for my family, and it was a whirlwind of baking, laughing, shopping, and eating! Even after sending everyone home with food, I’ve had enough leftovers that minimal to no cooking has been required these past two weeks!

However, the most recent issue of Cooking Light has been staring at me for awhile, and I wanted to try at least one recipe. I chose this pancetta risotto with truffle oil because I love truffle oil and because I had all the ingredients on hand except the pancetta. I was going to use chopped up bits of honey ham from Thanksgiving, but I wanted to stay true to the recipe since it was so simple. (See the recipe here).

This risotto was delicious but a bit peppery for my taste. Next time I’ll probably add only a quarter teaspoon of pepper (as opposed to the recipe’s one whole teaspoon) and splash on some fresh lemon juice for good measure. It was definitely worth buying the pancetta because its crispness and saltiness balanced out the pepper and made the risotto’s texture more substantial. This recipe is worth a try, if not for the truffle oil alone!

52 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. suzanne
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 12:50:40

    The risotto sounds delicious, looks so pretty on the plate, great photo. I also love truffle oil, have some sitting in the fridge and some arborio in the pantry, I think this is will need to be on the menu.

  2. markd60
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 13:55:01

    I have no idea what that is. But I’d try it if you made it.

  3. Arthur in the Garden!
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 14:03:01


  4. Edible Celebrations (@lavesta)
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 14:05:21

    I can’t say I have ever had risotto with truffle oil, Yummy. It must be creamy and delicious. Thanks for sharing…

  5. I Wilkerson
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 16:14:36

    My one attempt at risotto failed–yours looks great!

  6. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 16:52:39

    I love risotto and this would suit me just fine!

  7. Tammy
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 17:01:51

    I have to be in the mood to make risotto. It’s that patience thing.

  8. spicegirlfla
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 17:06:24

    I love risotto, I can patiently stir and stir….with a glass of wine in my other hand!

  9. tastytreats13
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 18:46:52

    This sounds so delicious!

  10. andrea janssen
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 02:37:24

    Sounds really delicious with pancetta!

  11. hotlyspiced
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 05:17:47

    I love risotto and I love truffles so I know I would really enjoy this xx

  12. Liz Berg
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 07:49:13

    What, no chopped liver??? I’d much rather have your risotto…and I’m pinning this to save and try ๐Ÿ™‚ I know it would be Bill approved.

  13. saucygander
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 09:52:57

    That pancetta has an amazing colour! The risotto sounds delicious too.

  14. Bam's Kitchen
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 20:26:53

    Anything with truffle oil is always a delight. i can’t believe how fast this year went, the time is just flying by… Have a super weekend. BAM

  15. Bobby
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 21:45:27

    great post!
    i love your blog!!! โค

  16. Cakelaw
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 23:10:33

    It sounds good!

  17. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 23:49:09

    I will follow your advice when I try this as that does sound like a lot of pepper!

  18. Geraldine Saucier
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 00:10:15

    Mmm this sounds wonderful.

  19. The Foodie Affair
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 00:31:13

    Sounds good. I love risotto, and bet it’s delicious with some truffle oil!

  20. Gloria
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 05:12:24

    Truffle oil is one of the best products I’ve found! It gives a taste of paradise to everything!

  21. Ines de Castro
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 07:17:15

    Nhamiiii looks delicious!

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  22. milex
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 07:23:17


  23. Karen
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 07:27:50

    This sounds like a very flavorful risottoโ€ฆI take your advise on the pepper.

  24. greyhousejournal
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 11:30:25

    You and I are so alike in not liking peppery stuff, I have to thank you for pointing out when a recipe is over-peppery! Love truffle oil to pieces. And always love your posts!

  25. Karen Xavier
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 13:23:06

    I love peppery stuff…. this looks like a nice dish.

  26. atasteofmadess
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 17:24:12

    I have always wanted to buy truffle oil but I never knew what to do with it. I guess I should try risotto ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. Carolyn Jung
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 20:14:02

    Pancetta rules! Seriously, it’s even better than bacon. And that’s saying something. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  28. Mary @ Fit and Fed
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 00:54:48

    That plate is quite amazing! And you found something that looks good on it. I’m sure the truffle oil is one of the secrets to this recipe. And yeah, the pancetta, but since I don’t eat that I’m just going to ignore that part :). I used to have a bottle of white truffle oil, a little goes a long way.

  29. Raymund
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 03:01:31

    That is a fine risotto you got there

  30. Emma (fluff and fripperies)
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 03:07:05

    Mmm….how delicious!

  31. sprinklesandsauce
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 09:53:13

    Pancetta-YES! Risotto-Absolutely! Truffle Oil–Very special!

  32. Deepti
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 12:52:41

    Lovely risotto! I love to have risotto, but haven’t dared to cook it… Awesome combination as well!

    Dec 16, 2013 @ 14:41:58

    Oh my does this look wonderfulโ€ฆI love risotto!

  34. ashley
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 14:59:23

    I love risotto!! And good tip on cutting down on the pepper ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 16:52:17

    Your risotto looks so great!

  36. cecilia
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 21:36:56

    I love risotto! and pancetta and truffle oil, what a lovely simple meal.. c

  37. kitchen flavours
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 21:45:21

    Delicious risotto! I have never tried truffle oil!

  38. Beth
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 04:11:53

    I haven’t cooked with truffle oil. This looks like a great way to start!

  39. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 05:24:23

    I love the idea of using some salty and delicious pancetta in the risotto!

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    Dec 17, 2013 @ 08:43:54

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  41. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 11:32:33

    Roasted truffle oil is so tasty!

  42. the Squishy Monster
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 11:58:39

    truffle oil is the best!

  43. davie+erica
    Dec 18, 2013 @ 12:54:08

    this looks SO amazing! i still really need to try truffle oil!


  44. Mary Frances
    Dec 18, 2013 @ 16:37:19

    I can relate to your pepper problem- I find that I can’t really trust the seasoning measurements in most recipes. The only way to get it right is to season to taste!

    Beautiful risotto! Looks wonderful!

  45. Amelia
    Dec 19, 2013 @ 01:37:32

    Hi, this look really awesome. Love your blue plate, it look so elegant. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a nice day.

  46. Tracy
    Dec 19, 2013 @ 15:35:19

    This looks delicious.

  47. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 01:23:32

    Risotto, pancetta, and truffle oil. I wouldn’t say no to these. ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks delicious!

  48. Sugar and Cinnamon
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 09:05:50

    Risotto is such a Perfect dish for holiday dish! This version looks so good ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Natalie
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 10:31:53

    Yum, I love truffle oil!!! My new fav thing.

  50. GourmetGetaways (@GourmetGetaway)
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 18:05:44

    The risotto looks amazing!
    There is nothing better than truffle oil with risotto!!!

  51. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 08:31:11

    Love the combination of flavors! Pancetta and truffle oil. Yum!

  52. Chocolate Shavings
    Dec 29, 2013 @ 04:36:25

    Pancetta and truffle oil? Count me in!

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