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Pour Some Cheese on Me! Healthy and Creamy Risotto!

An absolute crowd-pleaser. This Creamy Parmesan Risotto Recipe may be the star of the show.



Risotto, the Italian rice dish, is a culinary masterpiece that has captured the hearts and palates of food enthusiasts worldwide. Its creamy texture and rich flavor make it a comforting and indulgent choice for any occasion. In this blog post, we will explore the art of crafting a perfect creamy risotto, from selecting the right rice to mastering the cooking process. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey to Italy and discover the secrets behind this delectable dish.


What is the best type of rice for creamy risotto?


Choosing the appropriate variety of rice is essential for achieving a velvety risotto. Arborio, Carnaroli, and Vialone Nano are popular varieties known for their high starch content, which is essential for achieving that creamy consistency. These rice grains can absorb a significant amount of liquid while releasing their starch, resulting in a velvety texture that sets risotto apart from other rice dishes. For this particular creamy risotto recipe, I used Arborio rice since it was easily available at my local grocery store.


What ingredients make up the creamy risotto?

  • Sweet or Spanish Onions – Small diced Sweet or Spanish onions are a classic staple in risotto.

  • Garlic Cloves–Using garlic cloves is one of the best ways to enhance your dishes' flavor and aroma.

  • Butter - A rich butter, such as Kerrygold, prevents oil from burning and adds flavor.

  • Olive Oil – Italians are known for this heart-healthy and flavorful oil. It is only fitting to use this when cooking any Italian dish.

  • Arborio Rice – The typical short-grain rice used in a classic risotto recipe has a high starch content which soaks up the flavors.

  • White Wine –It is a widely used technique in cooking to deglaze a pan with a dry white wine, such as chardonnay.

  • Chicken Stock – A good chicken stock is what will be used as the liquid to cook the arborio rice.

  • Pecorino Romano Cheese – All risotto is typically finished with either Pecorino Romano or parmesan cheese, so try both and decide which you prefer.

  • Salt and Pepper – Always season everything, including a creamy risotto recipe with salt and pepper.

What are the steps to making a healthy creamy risotto?


  1. Preparation: Begin by heating the broth in a saucepan and keeping it warm over low heat. The key to creamy risotto is to add warm liquid gradually, allowing the rice to absorb it slowly.

  2. Sautéing: In a large skillet or saucepan, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add the finely chopped onion and garlic, sautéing until they become translucent and fragrant. This forms the flavor base for your risotto.

  3. Toasting the Rice: Add the Arborio rice to the pan, stirring continuously to coat the grains with the buttery mixture. Toast the rice for a couple of minutes until the edges become translucent.

  4. Deglazing with Wine: Pour in the white wine and stir until it is mostly absorbed by the rice. This step adds a delightful complexity to the dish's flavor.

  5. Cooking and Adding Broth: Begin adding the warm broth, one ladleful at a time. Stir the rice constantly, allowing it to absorb the liquid before adding more. Continue this process until the rice is tender but still has a slight bite. This typically takes about 18-20 minutes.

  6. Final Touch: Once the rice reaches the desired consistency (creamy but not mushy), remove it from the heat. Stir in the grated Pecorino Romano cheese, and season with salt and pepper to taste. The cheese adds a luxurious creaminess and enhances the flavor of the dish.

  7. Garnish and Serve: To finish, garnish your creamy risotto with fresh herbs, such as chopped parsley, basil, or thyme. These herbs add a burst of color and freshness to your dish. Serve your creamy risotto immediately, ensuring it's piping hot.

Creamy risotto is a culinary delight that can be enjoyed as a comforting meal or a gourmet indulgence. With the right choice of rice, proper technique, and a few quality ingredients, you can master the art of creating this Italian classic in your own kitchen. Whether you prefer a classic Parmesan and white wine version or want to experiment with different flavors, the creamy risotto is a versatile canvas waiting for your creative touch. So, gather your ingredients, embrace the process, and savor the creamy perfection that is risotto. Buon appetite!


Creamy Risotto Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Arborio rice

  • ½ sweet or Spanish onion

  • 4 garlic cloves

  • 1 tbsp olive or avocado oil

  • 1 tbsp butter

  • ½ cup white wine

  • 3 ½ cups chicken broth

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Parsley (for garnish)


Creamy Risotto Instructions:


  1. Begin by heating the broth in a saucepan and keeping it warm over low heat. The key to creamy risotto is to add warm liquid gradually, allowing the rice to absorb it slowly.

  2. In a large skillet or saucepan, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add the finely chopped onion and garlic, sautéing until they become translucent and fragrant. This forms the flavor base for your risotto.

  3. Add the Arborio rice to the pan, stirring continuously to coat the grains with the buttery mixture. Toast the rice for a couple of minutes until the edges become translucent.

  4. Pour in the white wine and stir until it is mostly absorbed by the rice. This step adds a delightful complexity to the dish's flavor.

  5. Begin adding the warm broth, one ladleful at a time. Ladle in half the rice and stir constantly, allowing it to absorb the liquid. Simmer for 8-10 minutes.

  6. Once the broth is absorbed, repeat with the other half of the chicken broth. Simmer for 8-10 minutes.

  7. Final Touch: Once the rice reaches the desired consistency (creamy but not mushy), remove it from the heat. Stir in the grated Pecorino Romano cheese, and season with salt and pepper to taste. The cheese adds a luxurious creaminess and enhances the flavor of the dish.


Notes: Garnish and Serve: To finish, garnish your creamy risotto with fresh herbs, such as chopped parsley, basil, or thyme. These herbs add a burst of color and freshness to your dish. Serve your creamy risotto immediately, ensuring it's piping hot.




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