The Real Reason You Should Try Topping Risotto With An Egg

Find someone who says they don't like risotto and you've found someone who may be lying to you — or perhaps someone who's never tried it. Risotto is beloved for its rich, creamy texture that is silkier than regular rice, but more al dente than most pasta.

Risotto is generally a great swap for those who enjoy Italian cuisine but may have gluten sensitivities that preclude them from eating regular pasta. It's also a good option for those who love creamy dishes as broths and/or cheeses are typically added. Not only that but, per Fine Cooking, the slow and steady cooking technique used to make risotto helps coax out the natural starch from the rice, making it even creamier: The broth is mixed slowly with the rice, butter, and onion (and often veggies) for a duration of about a half hour. This slow process goes until the broth is gone and the rice is tender and in a thick sauce. Then cheese is added, and you dig in. 

But did you know there's a way to make your risotto even creamier?

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall into your risotto

There is something really wonderful about topping your favorite dish with a fried or poached egg. It adds a luscious, rich texture that can uplevel even your favorite meal.

When it comes time to eat risotto, adding an egg on top can increase the bold flavors of the dish, as well the creaminess, notes The Kitchn. It also adds extra protein to a naturally carb-heavy meal. If you're going to top risotto with an egg, you'll want to top it with an egg cooked with a soft and runny center like a poached egg, fried egg, or over easy egg. Scrambled eggs won't have the same effect of contributing to the saucy texture that risotto is known for. 

Food Republic also notes that adding a poached egg on top of risotto gives it a bit of a carbonara-esq feel due to the texture and flavor. If you want to stick with that theme, you could add some bacon too. 

Top your next bowl of risotto with an egg and enjoy it even more than you would have before.