From the Recipe Box: Chocolate Risotto

by kitchenarian on April 3, 2011

I have been wanting to make this recipe for quite a while now and it just seemed to be waiting for a celebratory reason, and now I have one. Yesterday I participated in the Monument Avenue 10K; my first 10K ever.  I walked/jogged 6.2 miles – mostly walked. It was something I have always wanted to do, so I decided in January that this was the year. I was one of 41,000 participants running, jogging, and walking through the historic monument section of Richmond, Virginia.   I enjoyed it so much that I hope to do it again next year. It is definitely an accomplishment worth celebrating! But anyway, on to the risotto.

This recipe reminds me of a treat that I used to enjoy with my dad as I was growing up. Every time we had rice for dinner he would make a wonderful sweet rice for dessert with the leftovers. I believe my mom always made sure we had extra because he loved this treat so much. He would put some rice (still warm) in a bowl then add milk and sugar and have it for dessert. I loved eating this with him and I remember looking at him over the edge of my bowl and we would both be smiling at one another – a father/daughter rice ritual that I remember with great fondness.

It has been years since I have had rice served this way, but when I saw this recipe for chocolate risotto it made me think of that treat I enjoyed with my dad so many years ago. This is an adaption of a recipe from the book, Risotto, published by Williams-Sonoma. I tried the risotto before I added the Nutella and it tasted like a richer, creamier version of my childhood treat. I liked it just as much with the chocolate as without.


3 cups whole milk
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup arborio rice
½ cup Nutella
Reese’s miniature peanut butter cups

Add the milk, sugar, butter and rice to a heavy bottom sauce pan and cook on low for 25 – 30 minutes stirring often. When the rice has absorbed the liquid, add the nutella. Sprinkle the top with miniatures peanut butter cups. Serve immediately in small bowls.

Kitchenarian Notes: You can reduce the amount of Nutella to 1/3 cup so it is not so rich.  You can also serve this without the Nutella and sprinkle some chocolate pieces or drizzle a chocolate sauce on top.

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Liz April 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Woe, baby, this looks fabulous! I’m not a huge fan of rice pudding, but this chocolate risotto has changed my mind~


Maggie @ Vittles and Bits April 3, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Ooh how interesting! This looks fabulous!


Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland April 3, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Oh.Em.Gee. I need to make this ASAP!

Reply April 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm

That’s exactly what we used to do with leftover rice! It was the only reason why my sister and I wanted rice every other night. 🙂
This is a fantastic twist – you’ve got PB and Nutella in there! WOW!


yummychunklet April 3, 2011 at 10:26 pm

OMG! I’m so going to make this tomorrow as a fun dessert! I just received a package of the unwrapped mini Reese’s in the mail!


Sandra@Sandra's Easy Cooking April 3, 2011 at 10:31 pm

I had this when I was little, omg I totally forgot about it! You made it perfect putting Peanut butter cups..awesome! Got to try your version!!!


BigFatBaker April 4, 2011 at 12:03 am

My Dad, Sister and I used to do the same the with extra rice. Sometimes we would use brown sugar or maple syrup! I can only imagine how decadent this chocolate risotto is, but i’m sure it’s totally worth it!


Adriana April 4, 2011 at 5:51 am

I always feel like having ‘celebratory food’ after a road race. Still shocked at the whooping 41,000 participants!


fooddreamer April 4, 2011 at 7:52 am

Hey, congrats on the 10k! Great work! Now, this is very interesting, I think pairing chocolate with the mild creaminess of risotto is brilliant.


RavieNomNoms April 4, 2011 at 10:26 am

I have never heard of this but it looks amazing! I really want to try and make this sometime!


Tiffany April 4, 2011 at 10:49 am

Why would anyone make this without the Nutella?!?!?!?!? 😀 This looks WONDERFUL! And congrats on the 10K!!! You’re my hero! (I ran a 5K last weekend and I thought I was going to collapse! He he!)


kitchenarian April 4, 2011 at 11:18 am

Haha – you ran it. I walked it and did the old lady granny jog. I think you are my hero. I would love to run a 5K. I think that should be my next goal – you have inspired me!


Sous Chef April 4, 2011 at 11:18 am

Wow Kitchenarian, that looks incredibly delicious! We will have to make it again when I am home.


kitchenarian April 4, 2011 at 11:35 am

I would love to Sous Chef! Just a few weeks and you will be home, even if only for a little bit. I can hardly wait. I want to try it with a dollop of Nutella on top instead of mixing it in. We can try that version together. xo


Elyse @The Cultural Dish April 4, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Congrats on the 10k! This risotto is definitely a nice treat!


Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 April 4, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Congrats on the 10K! That’s an accomplishment to be proud of.

I like sweet rice, too! It’s just so simple and delicious. This risotto looks amazing. I’m wondering if I could make it in my pressure cooker the same way I do rice pudding and have it cook faster. It looks so rich.


Celia April 4, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Hot damn, this looks SO delicious and decadent. I love rice pudding, but I never thought of making it with chocolate…Nice job on the 10K, too!


Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen April 4, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Mmmm, chocolate, nutella and mini pb cups? This sounds amazing, I’ve got to give this a try!


Katie April 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Oh my goodness. I literally almost fell on the floor and died when I saw the mini Reese’s sticking out of the risotto. YUM.


torviewtoronto April 4, 2011 at 8:39 pm

looks wonderfully delicious with nutella


Lindsey April 4, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Oh man, this sounds delicious. Love the story of you and your dad! reminds me of my own childhood.


Kathryn April 4, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Oh my gosh- I have never seen anything more orgasmic looking in my life! AMAZING!


Kita April 4, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Wow… Awesome dish


Ky Foley April 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm

That looks ridiculously good. Gotta try this one sometime thanks so much for sharing!


Cassie @ Bake Your Day April 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Oh my word! This looks incredible. I would have never thought of making a sweet version of risotto. The savory variety is a favorite of mine but I’ll be trying this very soon!


Morgan April 6, 2011 at 1:22 am

Wow wow wow! I love rice pudding and I’ve never had a chocolate one. I’m sooo trying this out!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 6, 2011 at 6:20 am

stunning recipe! omg nutella and mini PB cups. has my name all over it!


Kristi Rimkus April 8, 2011 at 9:09 am

Congratulations! Your first 10k is certainly worth celebrating, and this looks like a delicious, chocolaty way to do it!



Noya - gluttonandstudent April 11, 2011 at 1:00 am

You are a genius! This looks almost TOO good. You had me a “Nutella”


Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 11, 2011 at 10:20 am

This is so creative, what a wonderful idea!


Kelly April 13, 2011 at 9:00 pm

WOW this looks incredible! Love all the ingredients and your presentation is gorgeous 🙂 Can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing and I must say you have a fabulous blog!


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