This risotto turned out wonderfully even the very first time I prepared it, with rice grains cooked al denté yet surrounded by delicious creaminess. A great comfort food from The Complete Cooking Light Cookbook (2000)
- Place broth on back burner within easy reach; bring to and keep broth at a low simmer.
- Over medium-high heat, sauté onion in olive oil in large Dutch-oven for 3 minutes; add rice and continue sautéing for another minute.
- Add hot broth to rice a half-cup at a time; stirring and allowing rice to absorb broth before each next addition of broth ~ There will be 20 or so total half-cup additions.
- Continue adding broth a half-cup at a time, and stirring, until the rice is creamy with its grains cooked "firm to the tooth" (not mushy or soupy) and broth is absorbed.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in cheese; serve.
- NOTE: You do not have to use all 6 cups broth ~ Last time I made this risotto it required only 5 1/8 cups broth.
I can't complain too much because the title does say "Basic". I picked it because Im a very picky eater, but it's even too plain for me. This was the first time I made Risotto and was disappointed because it had no flavor. I had to add more onion and cheese. Plus a lot of salt and pepper.. It was a good practice run so I know what to expect when I make Risotto. However, I need more ingrediants.. Perfect for people who like plain though.
I made this for dinner tonight. Even my 5 year old said I'll have this for dinner the next night and next night. The only changes I made was water instead of wine and added some fresh ground pepper. Thanks Lisa
First time I've made risotto. Turned out good. I think it's an excellent recipe for anyone who has never tried risotto. This recipe will give you a good feel for the taste of risotto and should help you decide on what other less-basic risotto recipes you would enjoy.