Four Cheese Risotto with Bacon & Caramelized Onions

Four Cheese Risotto with Bacon & Caramelized Onions. Recipe on thetastyfork

A few weeks ago, my husband & I went to a very popular burger bar in Chicago. It’s called Kuma’s Corner — maybe you’ve heard of it…?? It’s known for it’s award winning heavy metal themed burgers, loud music and long wait times. The description I just gave doesn’t give it justice — Kuma’s has serious burger street cred. Just google to see the endless reviews and famous guests they’ve served. (It’s Lady Gaga’s favorite burger joint!)

Besides having the best burgers, they’re also known for their “killer mac n’ cheese.” I think the killer comes from how sinfully delicious this little dish can be. It’s very cheesy and you have the option of picking two toppings. I looked right past the calorie content and picked two of my favorite – bacon and caramelized onions. There are no diet options when eating at Kuma’s…or when ordering mac n’ cheese.

Four Cheese Risotto with Bacon & Caramelized Onions. Recipe on thetastyfork.com

Weeks have passed since eating at Kuma’s. And guess what I can’t stop thinking about?? Killer mac n’ cheese. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought making a rich pasta dish using the inspiration from Kuma’s would be a great recipe to share with you. I said last week, there is something about Valentine’s Day which makes me crave Italian food. Mac n’ cheese doesn’t scream romance, but risotto sure does.

I’m not sure what kind of cheese Kuma’s uses for their recipe, so I picked a variety that would go great together. Sharp White Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Cream Cheese and Parmesan Cheese. (FYI – There are no calorie restrictions on special occasions.) The sharpness of the white cheddar could easily stand alone… but by pairing it with monterey jack and cream cheese, the dish is transformed into a creamy and decadent flavor bomb. And of course, by topping the risotto with Parmesan cheese, bacon and caramelized onions, you’ve got a fancy restaurant style meal made in your own home.

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Making risotto is a labor of love (and a great arm work-out!). I can’t think of a better way to show someone you care than by making an amazing dinner. This Four Cheese Risotto with Bacon & Caramelized Onions fits the bill. It’s special occasion worthy!

Are you making a special meal or dessert for Valentine’s Day? I’d love to hear about it!

Four Cheese Risotto with Bacon & Caramelized Onions

Ingredients

  • 6 slices of bacon, cut into pieces
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 6 cups of stock or broth
  • Splash of olive oil
  • 12 oz arborio rice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine, at room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar
  • 1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 1 tbsp cream cheese
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, cook and brown bacon slices. Remove from skillet and place on a paper lined plate. Set aside. Add onions to same skillet and cook in bacon fat. Cook low and slow to caramelize onions. This will take 20-30 minutes. Add a little water if the skillet gets dry. When onions are brown, remove from heat and place on a plate. Set aside.
  2. In a sauce pan, bring stock or broth to a boil. Lower heat to low and cover with a lid.
  3. In the same skillet used for bacon and onions, add a splash of olive oil, rice and garlic. Stir until rice turns a light brown. Pour white white in skillet and stir until all liquid is absorbed.
  4. Using a ladle at a time, pour warmed stock/broth into the rice skillet. Stir until all liquid is absorbed. Repeat this step until rice is cooked to al dente. (can take up to 30 minutes.) If you run out of stock/broth, just add warm water.
  5. When the risotto is cooked, add cheddar, monterey jack and cream cheese. Stir until the cheese melts and is well combined. Add 1/2 of the onions and bacon to the skillet. Stir into the risotto.
  6. Taste and add pepper. (you won't need salt, trust me!) Top each serving with shredded Parmesan cheese, bacon pieces and onions. Serve warm.
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31 Responses

  1. 22 Recipe Ideas For Dinner by Candlelight! says

    [...] Four Cheese Risotto with Bacon & Caramelized Onions from The Tasty Fork [...]

  2. Heide M. says

    Thanks for posting this recipe.

  3. Rachel @ Bakerita says

    Oh wow – this sounds amazing! Great topping choices – that’s what I would’ve chosen as well! Can’t wait to try this.

    • admin says

      Thanks, Rachel! I hope you try the risotto soon!

  4. Karyn - Pint Sized Baker says

    Wow! Risotto and Bacon? Yes Please! Pinned! Thanks for sharing at Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker! Hope to see you there again on Monday night!

    • admin says

      Sure thing!! Have a good weekend!

  5. Tanya says

    I have never had risotto! I must remedy this ASAP! This sumptuous recipe is just the kick start I need! Out of this world! Thank you so much for bringing this to Saturday Share With Us!

  6. Angela says

    This looks so delicious ~ can’t wait to try it out!

    • admin says

      Thanks Angela! I hope you like it!!

  7. Trish - Mom On Timeout says

    This looks just fabulous – I could eat that whole bowl! Pinned and featuring tonight! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • admin says

      Awesome!! Thanks, Trish!!

  8. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says

    Looks really good–I’ve never tried risotto, but everytime I watch Hell’s Kitchen I want some :)

    • admin says

      You should try it, Steph! It’s easy to make, just a little time consuming… but this recipe is totally worth it!!

  9. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says

    Oh the rich creamy goodness of a Risotto! Love this recipe. Thanks for sharing at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

    • admin says

      Thanks Chandra!

  10. Ruthie says

    What a fun recipe… I must try it! xoxo~ Ruthie

    • admin says

      It’s super good, Ruthie!!

  11. DesignedByBH says

    That looks absolutely AMAZING. After working all day I don’t normally make things that require, well…effort…., but I might just have to make an exception for this! (Otherwise, I’m waiting for an invitation to dinner next time you make this!) :)

    • admin says

      I’m totally the same way! The last thing I want to do is make dinner which requires effort… but this is totally worth it! Thanks for coming by!!

  12. Karly says

    I seriously can never get enough risotto. And then you add a bunch of cheese and bacon? Yes, please.

    • admin says

      I always like my risotto with cheese, but adding bacon took it up a notch! I don’t know if I can eat it another way!

  13. Heather Who Needs a Cape? says

    omg yum! sounds amazing

    Found you at the Lady behind the Curtain

    • admin says

      Thanks Heather!! It’s so great you came by! I’ll be sure to check out your blog, too!

  14. Julie says

    I love this recipe! Pinning for future reference!

    • admin says

      Thanks, Julie! I just loved it and I hope you will, too!

  15. Shiloh Barkley says

    Yumm! Risotto makes feel like such a fancy cook.

    • admin says

      I know!! I think it’s from all of the attention risotto requires.

  16. Kim @ Soilioquy Of Food & Such says

    risotto + cheese + bacon =’s a bowl o’ love

    • admin says

      Kim, I totally agree!!

  17. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says

    I love risotto! This looks creamy and cheesy and awesome. You’re right- a total labor of love. but with bacon and caramelized onions? Yes, please!

    • admin says

      If I could eat this every day I would! I loved it!

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