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Risotto Recipe
Risotto is a classic Italian dish known for its creamy texture and rich flavors. It's typically made with Arborio rice, which is a type of short-grain rice, and is cooked with broth and other ingredients.

Hey there, it’s Jacob Allen from Beyond the Bayou Blog. Today, I’m excited to share a dish that holds a special place in my heart—Risotto. It’s more than just a recipe; it’s a journey back to my college days, filled with shared meals and late-night study sessions.

Back in college, my friends and I were always on the lookout for new recipes to spice up our dorm food routine. One day, while browsing through old cookbooks at a thrift store, we stumbled upon a risotto recipe. Intrigued by its creamy texture and rich flavors, we decided to give it a shot.

Gathering in our cramped kitchen, we divided tasks and poured our hearts into making this unfamiliar dish. Serving it with a refreshing Pineapple Mocktail turned out to be the perfect complement.

Now, whenever I make risotto, it’s not just about the flavors; it’s about those cherished college memories that still bring a smile to my face. Join me in reliving those moments through this timeless recipe!

Overview: How to Make Risotto?

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Risotto, a creamy and comforting Italian dish, is a versatile favorite for many. Its simple yet rich flavor profile makes it a go-to option for both weeknight dinners and special occasions. Made primarily with Arborio rice, broth, and a variety of ingredients like mushrooms, cheese, or vegetables, risotto offers a canvas for endless flavor combinations.

To start, you’ll need Arborio rice, known for its high starch content, which gives risotto its signature creamy texture. Begin by sautéing onions and garlic in olive oil until translucent. Then, add the Arborio rice, allowing it to toast slightly to enhance its nutty flavor.

The key to achieving the perfect risotto is adding warm broth gradually, allowing the rice to absorb it slowly while releasing its starches. This constant stirring process is essential for developing the creamy consistency that sets risotto apart. As the rice cooks, you can customize your risotto by incorporating ingredients like sautéed mushrooms, peas, or Parmesan cheese, adding layers of flavor with each addition.

Once the rice is cooked to al dente perfection and has absorbed most of the broth, finish off your risotto with a knob of butter and a generous sprinkle of grated cheese. This final step adds richness and depth to the dish, creating a velvety texture that will have everyone coming back for seconds. Serve your risotto hot, garnished with fresh herbs or a drizzle of olive oil, and enjoy the comforting flavors of this classic Italian dish.

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Risotto Recipe

Risotto is a classic Italian dish known for its creamy texture and rich flavors. It's typically made with Arborio rice, which is a type of short-grain rice, and is cooked with broth and other ingredients.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Calories: 350kcal
Author: Jacob Allen
Servings: 4


  • Large saucepan
  • Large skillet or sauté pan
  • Wooden Spoon or Spatula
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Grater
  • Chef’s knife and cutting board


  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
  • 4-6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tbps olive oil
  • 2 tbps butter
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh herbs


  • Warm the Broth: In a saucepan, heat the broth over low heat. Keep it warm while you cook the risotto.
  • Sauté the Onions and Garlic: In a large pan or skillet, heat the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the Rice: Add the Arborio rice to the pan and stir for a minute or two, until it’s lightly toasted.
  • Add the Wine: If using wine, add it to the pan and stir until it’s mostly absorbed by the rice.
  • Add the Broth Gradually: Begin adding the warm broth, about 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently. Let the liquid be absorbed before adding more. Continue this process until the rice is creamy and tender, about 18-20 minutes. You may not use all the broth.
  • Finish with Butter and Parmesan: Once the rice is cooked and has a creamy consistency, remove the pan from heat. Stir in the remaining butter and the Parmesan cheese until melted and well mixed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve: Serve the risotto hot, garnished with fresh herbs if desired.


Constant Stirring: Stirring frequently helps release starch from the rice, creating a creamy consistency. Ensure the heat isn’t too high, as it could burn the rice.
Gradual Broth Addition: Adding the broth gradually ensures proper absorption and prevents the risotto from becoming too runny or overcooked.


Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 10g | Fiber: 2g

My personal Tips For Risotto Recipe

Tip 1 Keep the Broth Warm: Warm broth ensures that the risotto cooks evenly and maintains its creamy consistency. Cold broth can slow down the cooking process and result in unevenly cooked rice.

Tip 2 Taste as You Go: Don’t be afraid to taste the risotto as it cooks and adjust the seasoning accordingly. Adding salt and pepper gradually allows you to control the flavor and avoid over-seasoning.

Tip 3 Embrace the Risotto Rest: After your risotto is cooked to perfection, let it rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together even further and gives the dish a chance to thicken slightly. Plus, it gives you a moment to tidy up your kitchen or pour yourself a glass of wine before enjoying your culinary creation.

Can I Use a Different Type of Rice?

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When it comes to risotto, Arborio rice is the go-to choice because of its high starch content, which creates that creamy texture. While you can experiment with other types of rice, such as Carnaroli or Vialone Nano, I recommend sticking with Arborio for the best results.

How Do I Know When the Risotto is Done?

The risotto is ready when it’s creamy yet slightly al dente. You’ll notice that the grains are plump and tender, but still have a slight bite to them. It should have a creamy consistency, similar to a thick porridge. Taste-testing along the way is key to gauging the doneness and adjusting seasoning as needed.

Here are three delicious accompaniments to serve with risotto:

How Do I Store Leftover Risotto?

If you have any leftover risotto, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When reheating, add a splash of broth or water to help revive the creamy texture. Alternatively, you can repurpose leftover risotto by shaping it into patties, rolling them in breadcrumbs, and pan-frying them for delicious arancini (Italian rice balls).

Some Variations I Suggest you to Try

Mushroom Risotto: Add 1 cup of sliced mushrooms to the pan when sautéing the onions.

Seafood Risotto: Add shrimp, scallops, or a mix of seafood during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

Asparagus Risotto: Add chopped asparagus to the broth and simmer for a few minutes before adding to the rice.

Lemon Risotto: Add the zest and juice of one lemon at the end, along with fresh herbs like parsley or basil.

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