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Risotto Milanese

A winter-warmer recipe, good for the hearts and souls of all family members. Easy to master, even after a long chilly day at work!

Risotto can be either served by itself or with other dishes. It’s an amazing way to use your short-grain rice and comes has numerous variations for flavors. Risotto is a great dish for using as a based to seasonal vegetables and produce. We have even provided a few variations for you to give a try this Winter!

Our recipe is typical Milan recipe is a perfect base for risotto dishes.

Preparation: 5 minutes preparation + 20 minutes cooking
Serves: 1 serve of vegies in this recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups Arborio rice
  • ½ cup white wine (optional)
  • 6 cups chicken stock, hot
  • 60g grated Parmesan cheese

Method:

In a large heavy saucepan heat the oil and cook onion and garlic until softened but not coloured. Add rice and stir until it ‘crackles’, approximately 1-2 minutes. Add the wine and about half a cup of stock at a time, stirring constantly and adding more when the liquid has absorbed. Continue until rice is tender and all stock has been absorbed. It should be a creamy consistency, neither dry nor ‘soupy’. Remove from heat and stir in cheese.

Made to serves 4.

Variations:

Green Risotto
Cook risotto as above. Add 6 spears of cooked asparagus, 6 sliced snow peas, and 1 chopped spring onion at the end of cooking. Allow to stand, covered, to heat through.

Mushroom Risotto
Slice 2 cups fresh mushrooms and cook with onion and garlic. Continue to cook as above.

Vegie mix Risotto
Add 150g sliced mushrooms, 1 medium zucchini, sliced, 1 stick celery, sliced, 1 capsicum, seeded & sliced to cook with onion and garlic. Continue to cook as above. Add a 225g can sweet corn kernels, drained, at the end of cooking. Allow to stand, covered, to heat through.

Chicken and corn Risotto
Cook risotto as above. Add cooked sliced chicken and a 440g can sweet corn kernels, drained, at the end of cooking. Allow to stand, covered, to heat through.

Recipe © State of Western Australia, 2012.


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