Magnificent 1st Prize Risotto

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins

This recipe was part of what helped me win a cooking competition at school against 7 other people. I got it out of an excellent appetizer book and continue to make it!! Excellent served with any meal. (VEGETARIANS CAN SUBSTITUTE VEGETABLE STOCK FOR CHICKEN STOCK)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring stock to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer.
  2. Ladle a little stock into a small bowl; add the saffron threads and let infuse.
  3. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large sauce pan until foaming.
  4. Add onions, stirring frequently, and cook for 2 minutes, then add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  5. Cook only until softened, not brown.
  6. Add the rice and stir until the grains start to swell and burst; then add a few ladles of stock, saffron liquid, and salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Stir over low heat until liquid has beed absorbed.
  8. Keep adding stock, letting the rice absorb the liquid before adding more.
  9. STIR CONSTANTLY Test frequently just for the hell of it!
  10. After about 20-25 minutes, the rice should be just tender and the risoto golden and creamy.
  11. Take off heat and add 2/3 cup parmesan cheese and remaining 1 tablespoon butter, mixing until butter has melted.
  12. Season to taste.
  13. Transfer to serving plates and serve hot.
  14. Sprinkle remaining parmesan cheese.
  15. ENJOY!


Most Helpful

No wonder you got first prize; this really is the business, Mallina. I think the secret is adding the stock little by little. Thank you,this will be a regular..

elsie(across the pond) morgan September 03, 2002

Absolutely the best risotto I have ever had. I substitute vegetable broth for the chicken stock and cook according to directions. Towards the end, I add asparagus, peas, cucumber, carrots and cook through. I also double the garlic. Adding cooked and cubed chicken breast is also a nice addition (when cooking for the non-vegetarians). Delicious!

kewehrman March 01, 2011

Takes time, but easy, fairly cheap, and restuarant quality results. The first time I made it I topped it with grilled squid. The second time, sautéed mushrooms. I did use less butter overall, with no bad effects and 1 cup of white wine in with the bouillon, which you can really taste in the final product, so don't do this if you don't like the taste of white wine.

Kasha August 31, 2010

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