Risotto Recipes
How to Make Risotto

Risotto recipes can be made using different types of vegetables and you can even replace the rice in risotto recipes with a vegetable.

Learning how to make risotto is easier than most people think. 

And by learning how to make a basic risotto recipe - this enables you to make your very own version of this classic Italian dish.

You can make a vegetarian risotto by using your own homemade vegetable broth or stock.  You can also make a cauliflower risotto recipe for those who can no longer eat grains.

How to Make Risotto - The Basics

Do not rinse the starch out of arborio rice!

Shallots are preferred over onions in risotto recipes.

Butter is also the preferred fat used to toast arborio rice.  And you must toast the rice for about 60 seconds.

Also add in the wine before adding in your broth.

And use great tasting broth or stock to flavor your arborio rice. 

A good ratio of arborio rice to broth will be 1 to 3 1/2.  Ladle your "hot" broth 1 ladle at a time. 

Use a wide and low pan along with a flat wooden spoon to make the perfect risotto recipes.

Be sure to cook the arborio rice to an al dente texture.

And let the rice absorb each ladle before adding in more broth. Remember to stir your rice constantly, but not fanatically.

What is Arborio Rice?

Arborio rice is an Italian short-grained rice which is named after the town where it was originally grown in Italy.

It is a somewhat oval shaped rice and has a pearly white color. This is the perfect rice for making a risotto and can even be used to make an arborio rice pudding recipe.

This rice undergoes less milling than most other types of rice and thus retains more starch content. This feature gives this rice the ability to absorb lots of liquid.

Using arborio rice is how to make risotto with a nice creamy texture. When this rice is cooked correctly it will not become mushy like so many of the other types of rice.

How to Make Vegetable Broth aka Stock

Ingredients:

  • 1 Organic Onion (with peel)
  • 2 to 3 Stalks of Organic Celery (with leaves)
  • 2 to 3 Organic Carrots
  • Enough Filtered or Spring Water (to cover vegetables)

Optional Ingredients:

  • 2 to 3 Organic Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 to 2 Organic Bay Leaves
  • 1 tsp. Organic Thyme
  • 5 to 6 Organic Peppercorns
  • Handful of Organic Parsley
  • Misc. Pieces of Organic Vegetable Stalks, Leaves, or Tips

Instructions: 

Rinse and chop your vegetables.  Put them in a big cooking pot along with the flavoring agents.  Pour in enough water to completely cover your vegetables - cover pot with a lid.

Then bring vegetables to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer for 45 to 60 minutes. 

When cool enough, strain the broth and discard everything except your broth.


I think that making your own homemade vegetable broth recipe is a great idea! 

This is one way to use up vegetables that would otherwise get thrown away and wasted.  You also won't have to ever buy vegetable broth from the grocery store that is usually loaded with unhealthy additives and chemicals.

You can easily freeze vegetable broth in mason jars for your future risotto recipes.  And vegetable broth or stock will last for months in your freezer.

Risotto Recipes - Asparagus Risotto

Instructions:

Rinse the asparagus and snap off the woody ends.  Put into a saucepan along with the broth and heat to a gentle boil - then simmer.

Chop the rest of the asparagus in 1/2 inch pieces - set aside.

Heat the oil in a skillet on medium to medium-low heat.  Then sweat the onions for 3 to 4 minutes.

Next, add in the arborio rice and stir with the onions for 2 to 3 minutes.

Pour in the white wine and stir until rice absorbs the wine.

Then add a ladle of hot vegetable broth and stir into the rice.  Then stir in 1/2 of the chopped asparagus.

Keep adding in a ladle of broth at a time (as needed) and stir as needed.  After approximately 10 minutes, add the rest of the chopped asparagus.

Ladle in the remaining broth and stir for about 5 more minutes.  Add the saffron water and the grated cheese - stir to combine.  Remove from heat.

Season to taste and add lemon zest.


Ingredients:

  • 1 Bunch of Organic Asparagus
  • 1 Pint Homemade Vegetable Broth or Stock
  • 1 Small Organic Yellow Onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup Arborio Rice
  • 1/2 cup Organic White Wine
  • Few Threads of Saffron (soaked in warm water)
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese (grated)
  • Sea Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Organic Lemon Zest
  • Optional:  Few Drops of Truffle Oil

You could add more depth of flavor to your asparagus risotto recipes by using grass-fed ghee instead of olive oil.

Risotto Recipes - Cauliflower Risotto

Instructions:

Put cauliflower florets into a food processor and process until it looks like rice grains.

Place the olive oil into a ceramic frying pan and saute onions with mushrooms on medium heat - stirring frequently for 10 minutes.

Stir in the asparagus and continue cooking for 5 more minutes.

Season to taste and stir in the garlic - really work the garlic into the mixture for 1 minute to fully incorporate.

Then add in the cauliflower rice and chicken broth - stir occasionally for 5 minutes until cauliflower is softened.

Also place the garbanzo beans in a high speed blender with the water and puree.

When cauliflower is ready, add in the cream cheese and garbanzo puree - stir well to fully incorporate.

Finally add the fresh lemon zest and fresh grated cheese - stir to fully combine. 

Adjust your seasoning.  Serve risotto garnished with fresh parsley.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Small or Med. Organic Cauliflower (cut into florets)
  • 1 Organic Yellow Onion (super fine diced)
  • 4 Organic Cloves of Garlic (minced)
  • 4 Organic Cremini Mushrooms (super fine diced)
  • 1 cup Organic Asparagus (cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 1/2 cup Eden Garbanzo Beans (drained & rinsed)
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp. Filtered Water
  • 1/4 cup Organic Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Organic Chicken Broth
  • Zest from 1 Organic Lemon
  • 3/4 cup Fresh Grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper (to taste)
  • Freshly Chopped Organic Parsley for Garnish

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