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Creamy Ham and Corn Risotto

Chewy bites of ham, velvety risotto and the subtle sweetness of corn make this Creamy Ham and Risotto a dinnertime favorite! One skillet and 30 minutes are all it takes to get this busy weeknight dish to the table!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 633kcal

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  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped (2 teaspoons)
  • 3 cups Arborio rice, uncooked
  • 1 cup white wine, or chicken broth
  • 8 cups chicken stock, divided
  • 12 ounces corn kernels, frozen, thawed
  • 2 cups smoked ham, trimmed of any visible fat
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded, about 2 cups
  • 1 tbsp dried chives, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • salt and pepper


  • Heat oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat until oil is shimmering. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally for 1-2 minutes or until onion is translucent.
  • Add the rice and cook, continuing to stir until rice becomes opaque, another 2 to 4 minutes. Add the wine (or broth) and stir until the liquid is absorbed, 1 - 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium.
  • Add 2 cups of stock and cook, stirring until absorbed, 5 - 6 minutes. Repeat 2 more times. Add the remaining cup stock and corn and cook, stirring, until rice is tender and corn is heated thru, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Stir in the ham and cook 1 - 2 minutes until warmed through. Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted. Stir in chives. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve immediately topped with additional chives.


Using wine in cooking is optional...substitute broth in this recipe if not using dry white wine.


Calories: 633kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 1218mg | Potassium: 563mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 376IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 302mg | Iron: 5mg

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