Tuesday, February 1, 2011


I love to cook, and ever since I learned of this delicious substance called, Risotto, I've been wanting to make some of my own.

It was a fun experience.

Fun, as in... a lot of work, but amazing flavors.

Risotto, a rice cooked with broth till reaching a creamy consistency, requires close monitoring and frequent stirring. Yet the depth of flavor and textures in each mouthful is well worth the time. At least Noah (my 9 month old) and I thought so. My husband, who enjoyed every bite, wasn't sure it was worth the 40 minutes of stirring over the stove.

He does have a point there.

It's definitely labor intensive for a mom with a handful of little ones. But! I wanted to give it a try. And now that I've made it once, I'm sure I can multi task and get other dinner preparations completed while it is cooking.

 Here's the basic recipe. You can add a variety of vegetables at the last step (mushrooms being the most common) to change things up.

Classic Risotto

1 T butter
1 cup Aborio Rice
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1/2 cup white wine
3 1/2 cups hot chicken broth

1/2 cup Parmesan or Romano cheese, grated
1 T Butter

Bring 3 1/2 cups chicken broth to simmer over stove while preparing other ingredients.

Then, in a separate heavy sauce pan, melt butter, and saute rice for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add chopped onion and minced garlic until onion is tender, being careful not to burn garlic.

Add wine to rice mixture and saute until rice has absorbed the wine.  Slowly add broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently and allowing all the liquid to be absorbed before adding more broth. Continue adding until liquid is absorbed and broth is gone. By this time, rice should be creamy and al dente to bite. Remove from heat, immediately stir in 1 T butter and cheese.  Serve immediately.


Sergeant Zapple said...

It sounds delicious but the "babysitting" aspect seems tricky with little ones. Definitely a dish to do only when dad is home. I have wanted to try it for years but sadly I am usually the only one eating new dishes in my house.

Grandma said...

Risotto is one of my favorites too, and I have tasted it with asparagas added to it, and once with spinach. Both were delicious. There is nothing like creamy goodness, without the cream!!

hip-chick said...

Oh I absolutely adore risotto. It's my favorite. I have never tried making it myself but you have inspired me.

Crystal said...

I have never had risotto... isn't that sad?! I only dream of it! We don't eat a bunch of rice in our house because my husband doesn't like it. I sure would love to try it though!

Cintia Listenbee said...

I love the risotto my mom makes and I haven't attempted to cook UNTIL I saw this recipe. I'll give it a try! I'm at www.simplycintia.com, come visit when you have a chance! Bloghopping :)

Kim said...

Hmm never heard of it or had it but my family LOVES rice so this would probably go over really well. Thanks for the recipe! Thanks for coming by Day to Day Adventures!

Grace said...

I have a great risotto recipe...I'll have to send it to you. I make it all the time...

Zelma said...

Yum! I've never attempted risotto, but will have to give it a shot someday.


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