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May 20, 2006 | Episode 20

Creamy Parmesan Risotto
Give your arm a break the next time you make risotto.
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Creamy Parmesan Risotto


  • Hands-On Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time
    : 40 minutes
    Makes 4 to 6 servings
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
    1 medium onion, finely chopped
    1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    2 cups Arborio rice
    1 cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc
    4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1 cup (4 ounces) grated Parmesan
    Zest of 1 lemon, grated (optional)
    1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped (optional)


Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Add the wine, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid is absorbed. Add the broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently when you first add it and waiting until it is completely absorbed before adding more. This should take about 30 minutes total. Remove from heat. Add the salt, pepper, Parmesan, and remaining butter, and stir until the butter melts. Spoon the risotto into bowls. Sprinkle with the zest and parsley (if using).

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