The Secret to Perfect Risotto in Just 18 Minutes
A basic recipe for risotto. Using this basic recipe, you can add ingredients and get creative.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time23 mins
- 4 tablespoons of butter can use half olive oil/half butter
- 1 medium onion finely diced
- 1 1/2 cup of arborio rice
- 3 to 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar or 1/3 cup white wine
- 1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano cheese
- parsley for garnish
Heat chicken broth in separate pot. Once hot, turn to simmer.
Melt butter and In a 10 inch stainless steel frying pan or an enamled cast iron small dutch oven. Add olive oil.
Add chopped onion and cook until translucent.
Add in dry arborio rice and toast for four minutes, stirring.
Add in cider vinegar. or wine. Continue to stir.
Have a lid ready to immediately cover when you put the first ladle of broth.
Add 1/2 cup broth. Cover for a few seconds to avoid any reaction from hot broth hitting the hot fat. Uncover.
Stir until the broth is nearly all absorbed in the rice.
Add another 1/2 cup broth and repeat until there is only 1/2 cup broth left to add.
Add in broth 1/4 cup at a time at the end, so as to not overcook the rice.
At the end of about 18 minutes, you should be at the end of the broth. Taste the rice. If it gives yet still has a bite, take it off. If it crunches, then cook another minute, stirring constantly. If you run out of broth and you're sure the rice is not done, add a small amount of water, (tablespoon or so).
Remove from stove, Stir in grated cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve immediately. Garnish with chopped parsley.
This will serve 4 big servings.
Since my original post, I've edited this recipe, preferring to use all butter to start the risotto. I've also increased the recipe to 1 1/2 cups arborio rice instead of 1 cup.
If you only want to use 1 cup rice, use 2 to 2 1/4 cups broth and 2 tablespoons butter.
I've also reversed the order for adding the wine. I added the wine to the rice before the broth and let it cook off for a few minutes. This way there is no strong wine flavor, but it's very subtle.