Risotto for Sissies…

imageI had the huge blessing to live in Italy for almost five years. I ate like a queen thanks to my landlord’s wife who found it sad and strange that I was living alone without a husband. Thinking that my cooking skills might be impeding that life situation from righting itself, she  bravely offered to teach me “basic wife cooking”. Now my idea of basic cooking does not involve several days and 10’s of steps , but I did master most sauces and baked pasta dishes.  My one failure…one of my failures…was Risotto.  It should be smooth, creamy and slightly hard to the teeth…al dente…not sticky, mushy and glue like.  This particular dish is one of my favorites so I tried and tried and tried…no go Risotto.

Imagine my surprise and delight to discover The Barefoot Contessa’s no fail BAKED risotto…heaven on a plate and absolutely no fail…Princess in the basket approved! Even my Italian Mama would be impressed!

1 1/2 cups Arborio rice

5 cups simmering chicken stock, preferably homemade, divided

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup dry white wine

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 cup frozen peas


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the rice and 4 cups of the chicken stock in a Dutch oven, such as Le Creuset. Cover and bake for 45 minutes, until most of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is al dente. Remove from the oven, add the remaining cup of chicken stock, the Parmesan, wine, butter, salt, and pepper, and stir vigorously for 2 to 3 minutes, until the rice is thick and creamy. Add the peas and stir until heated through. Serve hot



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11 thoughts on “Risotto for Sissies…

  1. Sounds delish – pinning, and thank you!
    PS – love your bio, esp the last phrase….”my husband is often confused.” Hahaha. I think your hubby and mine would get along just fine. Mine gets embarrassed when my head turns as we walk through the neighborhood the eve before trash pickup. 😉 Visitng from Dwellings.
    Rita C at Panoply


  2. This sounds wonderful! We love risotto but I’ve never made it. My husband is not a picky eater but he has quirks, one of which is that he will not eat anything with chicken broth. He loves risotto but he has no idea there’s chicken broth in it. I’m going to try this. 🙂


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