You only need a few essentials for this basic version of risotto.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat stock in saucepan over medium heat; keep at a low simmer. Heat olive oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots to oil, and cook, stirring, until translucent. Add rice, and cook, stirring, until rice begins to make a clicking sound like glass beads, 3 to 4 minutes.

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  • Add wine to rice mixture. Cook, stirring, until wine is absorbed by rice.

  • Using a ladle, add 3/4 cup hot stock to rice. Using a wooden spoon, stir rice constantly, at a moderate speed. Note: Stirring the rice too vigorously will make your risotto slightly gluey; stirring too little will make it watery. Rice should be only thinly veiled in liquid during the stirring process.

  • When rice mixture is just thick enough to leave a clear wake behind the spoon, add another 3/4 cup stock.

  • Continue adding stock 3/4 cup at a time and stirring constantly until rice is mostly translucent but still opaque in the center. Rice should be al dente but not crunchy. As rice nears doneness, watch carefully and add smaller amounts of liquid to make sure it does not overcook. The final mixture should be thick enough that grains of rice are suspended in liquid the consistency of heavy cream. It will thicken slightly when removed from heat.

  • Remove from heat. Stir in butter, Parmesan cheese, and parsley; season with salt and pepper. Divide the mixture among four shallow bowls, mounding risotto in the center, and grate or shave additional Parmesan over risotto. Serve immediately.

Reviews (2)

52 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 19
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: Unrated
11/29/2013
Very tasty and adaptable.
Rating: Unrated
04/08/2012
We enjoyed this risotto very much. The methodology was authentic, but I was a little puzzled by the wide range of quantities...there is a big difference between 6 and 8 cups, and 4 to 6 Tbs. I chose the lesser amounts of both. I followed the recipe pretty much exactly except I used a yellow onion instead of shallot, and added 2 cloves of garlic. Since I used salted butter, regular broth, and was generous with the parmesan, I did not add salt on the finish. Rich, creamy goodness :)