Made Risotto (318/366)

“Nothing is too much trouble if it turns out the way it should.”
Julia Child


It’s JW’s birthday Sunday, so tonight we had a special Tuesday Night Dinner for her.  One of the things she likes is risotto, and I decided to make it for the first time, just for my favorite sister.

I got a box of Arborio rice from Trader Joes, and followed the simple recipe on the box.  It used some butter, an onion, 12oz. of rice, 1/2 cup dry white wine, 4 cups of stock, 1/4 cup of cream, and parmesan cheese (I was making the whole box of rice, so I used a bit more wine, stock, and cream).  I gathered my ingredients:

First, I sauteed the onions, then I added the rice (and some jarred roasted bell peppers, also from TJ’s, that we had on hand).  After cooking the rice  together with the vegetables for a bit, I added some white wine, and then the first installment of hot chicken stock (you want the stock hot so it doesn’t cool down the rest of the ingredients, and everything keeps cooking along.  I zapped each addition of stock in my trusty Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave before adding).

After every addition of stock, I let the risotto cook on a low simmer until the liquid had been absorbed into the rice, stirring often.

After 3 or 4 more rounds of stock, the risotto was just about ready!

I added the cream and cheese, and gave it all a few more quick stirs.  Then I topped it with a bit more cheese and voila!  Rice, broth, cream, cheese.  What could be better?

Making this risotto wasn’t nearly as much work as I thought it would be – whenever I’d heard of risotto being made before, I had visions of standing over a pot for an hour, stirring constantly.  All for some creamy rice.  This actually wasn’t a big deal – just keep the heat to a simmer, check your pot every few minutes, and stir.  Sure, it was a little more work than just letting rice go on its own on the stovetop, but the end result is just so rich and lovely.  Well worth the bit of extra effort.  Happy Birthday to my favorite sister!

Related Links:
Organic Risotto Rice, 32.0-Ounce Jar
Pyrex measuring cup

One Response to “Made Risotto (318/366)”
  1. Ying says:

    Looks like yummy, creamy goodness made with all the best ingredients!

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