How to make Basic Risotto
- Making risotto is more of a technique than a recipe. Timing is everything so be sure to have all your ingredients measured and ready. As well, you will want to have all your cooking utensils out and ready.
- You will need a wide heavy-duty 5- to 6-quart pot. A 3-quart saucepan to heat the broth or stock. A wooden or high-temp spatula. A 1/4 to 1/2 cup scoop to scoop broth into the risotto. A whisk.
- Warm the broth or stock before you begin toasting the rice. Warm to the touch is fine, it does not have to be boiling.
- Make the soffrito. A soffrito is the flavor base for any dish. It most always includes onions as in this Basic risotto recipe. Often it also contains carrots, celery, and other aromatics and spices. We are keeping it simple today with just onions. Sauté the onions in butter or oil over medium-high heat until the onion is translucent and beginning to break down. Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
- Pour the rice into the soffrito and stir coating every grain with the oil. Stir the rice until the edges are translucent and the middle is still opaque. The rice will become fragrant at this point.
- At this point, you will deglaze the pan with wine. Simmer and stir the rice until the wine has evaporated.
- Add the warm broth 1/4 to 1/2 cup at a time to the rice. Stir until it has been absorbed. Add another ladle. Continue this until the risotto and creamy. It is this gradual addition of liquid that makes risotto. It’s the key to getting the rice to release its starch and create its own delicious sauce.
- Start tasting at 15 to 18 minutes. The rice should be soft with no ‘crunch’. It usually takes about 25 minutes for me to cook risotto.
- Add your salt, pepper, and any other seasonings at 20 minutes and adjust if necessary.
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- Heat stock in a large pan. Only add warm stock to the rice.
- Heat 1 Tablespoon butter or oil in a large pan.
- Saute' onions 2 to 3 minutes until soft.
- Add garlic to the pan with onions and cook for one minute.
- Add the rice and stir to coat in oil.
- Add the wine and deglaze the pan.
- Stir until the wine evaporates.
- Add 1/2 cup stock at a time to the rice, stirring rice until stock is absorbed.
- Continue adding stock and stirring until rice is al dente.
- Season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust if necessary.
- Add cheese and butter. Stir until combined and cheese is melted.
- Serve immediately.
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