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How to Make an Easy Risotto

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Risotto is a traditional Italian dish known for its taste and versatility. There are many different ways of preparing risotto. 5-Minute Crafts is bringing you the basic recipe that takes about 40 minutes to make from start to finish. However, keep in mind that authentic recipes might use different ingredients and techniques.

Ingredients

For 2 to 3 servings you will need:

  • 1 cup of arborio or carnaroli rice
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 medium-sized onion
  • 2 tablespoons of salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 cup of vegetable or chicken broth (you might need more depending on the rice you choose)
  • ⅓ cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • Any add-ons you’d like

Step 1

  • Chop the garlic and onion into small pieces.
  • Put the butter and the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat until the oil starts to bubble.
  • Sauté the garlic and the onion until the latter looks translucent. Stir constantly using a wooden or silicone spoon to prevent the garlic from burning.

Step 2

  • Add the rice to the pot along with the garlic and onion. Turn up the heat a little to slightly toast the rice. Keep stirring with the spoon constantly.
  • While you are frying the rice, warm the broth in a small pot over medium heat and bring it to a boil. You can use store-bought stock or make it at home beforehand. Just make sure it’s not too strong in taste.

Step 3

  • Add the broth to the rice in small doses using a ladle, while at the same time, stirring the rice with the wooden or silicon spoon. Repeat this step until all the broth sits in the pot. Check if it needs salt or any other spice and adjust if necessary.
  • Cover the pot and let the rice cook over low heat for 15 minutes. For it not to stick to the pan, make sure you stir it with the wooden spoon every now and then.
  • Taste the rice to make sure it’s cooked. If not, add more broth and repeat step 3. When the rice has absorbed all the broth and it’s cooked, remove the pot from the heat.

Step 4

  • Add the grated Parmesan cheese to the already cooked rice and mix. Heat it for about 4 to 5 minutes over very low heat.
  • When the cheese is melted, your risotto is ready to serve.

Step 5

  • Enjoy your risotto with any add-ons you’d like. We used a small cherry tomato and basil to decorate the plate. Remember to serve it while it’s still hot and add more Parmesan cheese on top before serving.

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