Six Cheese Beer Risotto

A fun twist on classic dish.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Keyword: beer, Beer Cheese, makecaloriesgreatagain, mcga, risotto
Cooking Method: Stovetop
Food Category: Vegetarian
FoodOrDrink: Food


  • 2 cups Rice Arborio, Carnaroli, or Vialone Nano.
  • 6 cups Chicken Stock
  • 12 oz Beer
  • 4 cloves Garlic Minced (use more if you want).
  • 2 tbs Olive Oil
  • 4 tbs Butter
  • 1/4 cup Cream Room Temp.
  • 1/2 cup Sharp Cheddar Freshly Shredded.
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella Freshly Shredded.
  • 1/2 cup Muenster Freshly Shredded.
  • 1/2 cup Havarti Freshly Shredded.
  • 1/2 cup Gouda Freshly Shredded.
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Freshly Shredded (use 1/4 cup if grated).
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Optional.
  • 1 ea Salt & Pepper To taste. I like white pepper here.
  • 1 ea Parsley To garnish.


  • Gather your ingredients. Pour yourself a glass of wine!
  • Over medium heat, warm the olive oil and garlic.
  • While the garlic is cooking, warm your chicken stock up in a pot nearby. We want a nice hot simmer just short of a boil.
  • Once a nice fragrance is being released from the garlic, add the rice and 2 tbs of butter. Stir.
  • Once the rice starts making a crackling sound, it's time to add that beer.
  • Continue stirring until the rice has absorbed the beer.
  • Add a ladle of stock.
  • Stir until the rice has absorbed the broth. Add another ladle. Continue to repeat until the risotto has that nice creamy consistency and texture.
  • Slowly add the cheese while stirring. We don't want any clumps, so take your time.
  • Once the cheese is well blended in, add the cream. Stir until it is well mixed.
  • Lastly, add the final 2tbs of butter. Stir again.
  • Plate, Garnish, Serve, Enjoy!


  • Yes, this is basically fancy cheesy rice.  It tastes great and sounds fancy, so what?  😉
  • I list the cayenne as optional.  It does provide a little bit of “sass” to the dish, so I suggest leaving it unless you really dislike any level of “sass”.  
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