I've never made risotto before and for a first timer, this is a perfect recipe! It was extremely easy; I was afraid there was way too much liquid but it was all absorbed in the end. I made this for guests as a side with shrimp and it was very good - one guest thought it needed a little salt but the other thought it was perfect as is... I thought a little salt wouldn't have hurt it. I have to say, though, as a side dish, it makes WAY more than 4 servings... more like 8 to 10. I made two small changes - used diced olives and only about 1/4 tsp chili flakes. Thanks for the recipe Olivia!