Ingredients For Best Risotto
- 7 cups homemade chicken stock
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large shallot( A small kind of onion ), finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 bay leaves(tej pat)
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cups arborio rice (Italian medium-grain variety )
- 1 cup dry white wine( Pale yellowish wine made from white grapes or red grapes with skins)
- 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
Directions For Best Risotto
- In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, reheat the chicken stock, cover, and keep warm while making the risotto.
- In a separate medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat until it shimmers. Cook, turning occasionally, until the veggies are softened, 3 to 4 minutes, with the shallot, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and about 10 grinds of black pepper. Stir in the bay leaves and 3 tablespoons butter for about 1 minute, or until the butter has melted.
- Add the rice and toast for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring only once, until it smells nutty and turns light golden brown.
- Pour in the wine and cook, stirring regularly, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has entirely evaporated.
- 2 to 3 minutes (you’ll know it’s time to add more stock when you pull the rice aside and no liquid collects in the center). Ladle one cup of the warm stock into the rice and simmer, stirring gently without pausing, until the rice has absorbed the liquid.
- Repeat until the rice cooks al dente, about 17 to 19 minutes, adding extra stock a ladleful at a time. Remove the bay leaves and toss them out. (You might have some extra stock.) If that’s the case, keep it refrigerated for up to a week in an airtight container.) If you like a saucier risotto, add 1/4 cup of stock at a time until the desired consistency is obtained.
- Serve with additional Parmesan, the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon salt, and a few more grinds of black pepper, if preferred.
In this recipe, we love the flavor of homemade chicken stock. If you don’t have any, you can use good low-sodium chicken broth instead, but the flavor will be affected. Arborio rice is an Italian medium-grain variety used to make risotto.