Risotto has a reputation for being fussy—and that’s not totally untrue. The dish requires a little attention and stirring, but at its core, it’s really just rice and broth. And when those two simple ingredients come together, they create a creamy, almost magical dish that’s well worth the effort.
With a solid formula like the one below, you’ll be able to tackle any risotto recipe and have a gorgeous meal on the table in about 30 minutes.
32 ounces unsalted chicken stock, warmed (you can also substitute vegetable broth or stock)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup Arborio rice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino-Romano cheese
How to Make It
Bring stock to a simmer in a saucepan over medium. Reduce heat and keep warm.
Melt the butter and heat the oil in a large skillet or wide-bottomed pot. Add the rice; stir to coat all the grains, 1 minute. Add 1 ladle of broth (½ cup to ¾ cup), stir, and leave it alone until broth is nearly absorbed, 2 to 3 minutes. (Run a wooden spoon through it; rice should slowly fill in the channel.)
Stir, add another ladle of broth, and stir again. Cook undisturbed until the broth is absorbed, 3 minutes. Repeat until about 1 ladle of broth remains, 15 to 18 minutes of total cook time for the rice. Turn off heat.
Add salt, remaining broth, and cheese. Stir gently for 2 minutes. Serve immediately in warmed bowls, with more grated cheese over top, if desired.
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