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My husband and I love risotto, but until recently had never made it ourselves. We used many box mixes that were pretty tasty, but I was sick of adding those flavored powders to the dish. I’d rather make it myself and add real ingredients.

I realized this a little too late, given that my husband came home from Target with 15 boxes of flavored risotto. It is rapidly becoming one of his obsessions, but I’m sure within 6 weeks it will be over.

How can I be so sure? We have enough diet Mountain Dew, egg beaters, onions, and pretzel crisps to feel a small country. Those were all obsessions that have now gone by the wayside. Anyone want to come grocery shopping at our home?


Risotto is quickly becoming one of my favorite dishes to cook. I can’t wait to make variation after variation. The options are endless.

I toasted up the rice in some olive oil and garlic until it was translucent.


It made the entire house smell so incredible. I love the smell of sauteed garlic.


When it was finished, I stirred in some parmesan cheese.


A few tablespoons for my husband, and a giant cupfull for myself. I like to live on the wild side.


The consistency was perfect. I molded some in a ramekin to make it look pretty.


Don’t worry – we never eat pretty meals. My husband is usually so raging and ravenous that his food ends up in a big slop pile on his plate. He mixes everything together.

Aestically pleasing? No.

Pleases him so he doesn’t remain a hungry, angry husband? Yes.

Mission accomplished.




Parmesan Risotto

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup arborio rice

1/4 cup white wine

~ 20 oz chicken stock (vegetable, beef, seafood, etc can also be used too!)

1/3 cup parmesan cheese

In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil and garlic until fragrant. Add rice and continuously stir until translucent, about 6-8 minutes. Add stock in 1/2 cup increments and bring to a simmer, continuing until the liquid is absorbed and the rice has reached the desired consistency. Stir occasionally.

Remove from heat and stir in parmesan cheese.




Have a great Thursday. :)

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71 Responses to “Parmesan Risotto.”

  1. #
    Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers — January 7, 2010 @ 8:27 am

    oooooh yum. i tried risotto for the first time a couple months ago & fell in love. it’s delicious & this recipe seems pretty cimple, too! a keeper in my book!


  2. #
    Tracy — January 7, 2010 @ 8:29 am

    Mmm, looks delicious! I’m planning on making risotto again next week!


  3. #
    stephchows — January 7, 2010 @ 8:29 am

    oh wow that consistency does look perfect! great job! I’ve never made it at home :)


  4. #
    LiLu — January 7, 2010 @ 8:52 am


    You are a GENIUS.


  5. #
    Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen — January 7, 2010 @ 8:58 am

    risotto is such an intensive but satisfying dish…this looks amazing!


  6. #
    Whitney @ Lettuce Love — January 7, 2010 @ 9:04 am

    I love risotto! Yum ;)


  7. #
    Sheri — January 7, 2010 @ 9:06 am

    Looks great! I am excited to try this recipe.


  8. #
    rachael — January 7, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    I love making risotto. You’re right, the option are endless. It tastes great no matter what you add to it!


  9. #
    Erica — January 7, 2010 @ 9:13 am

    I love making risotto! Its so much easier than people think! I actually took a whole cooking class on risotto and gnocchi- so delicious! I like to mix tons of veggies in with mine


  10. #
    Abby (Nibble, Nourish, Run) — January 7, 2010 @ 9:13 am

    Ooh I adore risotto! Took me a while to get up the courage to make it but now it’s one of my favorite things to cook. And parm is one of the best flavors – so simple and delish! I also love it with butternut squash!


  11. #
    Lily @ Lily's Health Pad — January 7, 2010 @ 9:16 am

    I don’t know what to say besides…that looks and sounds incredibly delicious right now!


  12. #
    Scott — January 7, 2010 @ 9:32 am

    I am a HUGE risotto nut too! Some of my favorite variations are a zesty lemon that includes (of course) lemon zest and cayenne, and mushroom with red instead of white wine. When I was in San Francisco recently, I bought some pecarino givepro at Cowgirl Creamery specifically to use in a risotto.


  13. #
    Not your husband — January 7, 2010 @ 9:50 am

    Perhaps the pretzels crisps were on sale. Clearly I’m not your husband and therefore would not know this to be true. But if I were a betting man, I’d sale they were on sale and he hoped to have snacks on hand for when family visits over the holidays. I’d also bet he can finish off a bag of those in one sitting. So he would probably have approximately 6 servings on hand. That’s just a guess though.


  14. #
    Barbara — January 7, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    Gosh, I would love a dish of that right now! And the more parmesan the better, thank you.


  15. #
    Paige @ Running Around Normal — January 7, 2010 @ 10:02 am

    I’ve never made my own risotto! Thanks for the recipe!
    And I’m totally like your husband. Peanut butter filled pretzels, Annie’s Bunny grahams, etc…I get hooked!


  16. #
    Shannon — January 7, 2010 @ 10:03 am

    I’ve never made risotto, but I need to try. I’m always afraid of burning rice.

    I am like your husband….I’ll find something I love and stock pile it! Then the faze passes. :)


  17. #
    Casey @ Spicy&Sweet — January 7, 2010 @ 10:20 am

    Oooh…looks so yummy!! I’ll have to try it!


  18. #
    Kelly B. — January 7, 2010 @ 10:25 am

    Okay…confession…wait for it…I have NEVER had risotto. Ever. I should branch out! :)


  19. #
    The Candid RD — January 7, 2010 @ 10:47 am

    That’s too funny, Nick does the same thing with his food, mixes it all up! I think it’s slightly strange, but I guess I shouldn’t dog it until I try it. He also eats so fast I don’t have time to take pictures or even ask him how he likes his food….

    This risotto looks so good. I know it’s actually hard to master (from Top Chef…) so Kudos to you!


  20. #
    Stef — January 7, 2010 @ 10:48 am

    oh i love risotto so much! thanks for the recipe


  21. #
    Julie @savvyeats — January 7, 2010 @ 10:57 am

    Risotto is probably one of my favorite foods. Sooooo good!


  22. #
    Jolene ( — January 7, 2010 @ 11:11 am

    I love making homemade risotto! We made mushroom risotto a lot (yours looks almost identical, but we add fresh chopped mushrooms, and some hot pepper flakes).


  23. #
    Estela @ Weekly Bite — January 7, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    Love “not your husbands” comment ;) you too are funny :)


  24. #
    Morgan — January 7, 2010 @ 11:16 am

    I should make risotto, this one looks fantastic. Anything with parmesan is a winner in my book!


  25. #
    Vegetable Matter — January 7, 2010 @ 11:29 am

    Chickenless Chick asked what we thought of as comfort food. This is it — fat plus carbs equals perfection. Especially for dinner on a chilly night. Thanks!


  26. #
    Kristen @ Change of Pace — January 7, 2010 @ 11:34 am

    That risotto looks SO good. It seems like a good base to add interesting things… Pumpkin, squash, basil, goat cheese?

    Since I have a little one, I have no time to stir and watch rice. We use this recipe quite a bit:

    It’s a microwave risotto and it’s wonderful! In case you are ever in a time crunch :)


  27. #
    Amanda — January 7, 2010 @ 11:35 am

    I have NEVER made risotto and am afraid to try. Silly huh?? But this recipe looks divine!


  28. #
    reluctant veggie — January 7, 2010 @ 11:41 am

    we love risotto in our house too. i make a mean butternut squash risotto. it’s aaaaaaah-mazing.


  29. #
    Elizabeth — January 7, 2010 @ 11:42 am

    I LOVE Risotto… I never made it at home either until a couple years ago, I always thought it would be hard, but it isn’t, you just have to have some time and patience. :) I love plain Parmesan risotto, but I also love it with some additions like sweet corn, hearts of palm, and my favorite to make/eat is with asparagus! I’m actually planning on making Mushroom risotto this weekend, now i wish i was making it tonight!


  30. #
    Blond Duck — January 7, 2010 @ 11:42 am

    I’ve always wanted to make risotto. This looks delicious.

    My husband is the same way—we have a ton of crap leftover from his obsessions!!!! Grits, chips, chocolate chips, soups….


  31. #
    Yum Yucky — January 7, 2010 @ 11:45 am

    I want it. I’m speechless. As I think I’ve been ’round here before….


  32. #
    Jamie Walker — January 7, 2010 @ 11:55 am

    I love making risotto – only I have to sub chicken stock for veggie stock…have you ever done it with squash puree…its delish! :)


  33. #
    Katie — January 7, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    Um, yes please – I will come shopping at your house, can i have the egg beaters and the pretzel crisps?

    I love making risotto – yes, it takes a while, but it’s not like it’s strenuous to stand there stirring. So worth the effort in my book. Yours looks phenomenal!


  34. #
    Missy Maintains — January 7, 2010 @ 12:18 pm

    Looks great! I love risotto!


  35. #
    LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils — January 7, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

    Great idea to mold it in a ramekin like that! I’m always looking for ways to make the meal more “top chef” haha


  36. #
    Shannon — January 7, 2010 @ 12:30 pm

    Just wanted to say that I love reading your blog!! And your salted hot chocolate is amazing!!
    My husband and I live in the burgh too (North Hills) and I can’t wait to try some of your recipes!


  37. #
    Julia (Taste of Living) — January 7, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

    mmm…I love risotto and make it so often (as you maube noticed on my blog already). Real comfort food to me:)

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)


  38. #
    Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) — January 7, 2010 @ 12:57 pm

    Nice!! Love risotto.. your portion is sooo tiny.. I would need like 5 ramekins.. lol ;)


  39. #
    Naomi (onefitfoodie) — January 7, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

    LOVE risotto and love how you made it into a risotto ball!!

    i want to come grocery shopping at your house bc then I can have some of your eats!!


  40. #
    Emily (A Nutritionisteats) — January 7, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

    I LOVE making risotto! It is one of my favorites!


  41. #
    Mellissa — January 7, 2010 @ 1:23 pm

    We make tons of risotto :) Check out the Dirty Risotto recipe that I have, you will LOVE it.


  42. #
    Sarah Jayne — January 7, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

    NOM NOM NOM lurrrrrrrrrrve me some risotto!! This is such a great base recipe, too! I can see adding all sorts of fun things to flavor it :)

    Like lobster?? YES PLEASE!


  43. #
    Shelley — January 7, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

    this sounds great. i love all your recipes. i might have to show my mom this one haha


  44. #
    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — January 7, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

    Ah! We’re making risotto (no parm) tonight!


  45. #
    Sarah (OC2Seattle) — January 7, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

    Risotto is so staisfying! Your presentation is great. Have you ever tried making it in a rice cooker? It works really well if you’re pinched for time and tastes better than the boxed stuff.


  46. #
    Kacy — January 7, 2010 @ 2:28 pm

    I could eat a whole pot of that I’m quite certain!


  47. #
    eatingRD — January 7, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

    mmm I haven’t made risotto in ages! Yours looks delish. I remember watching an episode of anthony bourdain and he goes to italy where they make the ‘real’ stuff and fling it in the air from the pot. so neat!


  48. #
    Nicole (dishin') — January 7, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

    Oh looks awesome! I made risotto for the first time last month and it was much easier than expected. Love that!


  49. #
    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — January 7, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

    Hey Sweets, I never post pics of hubs. He is kinda a mystery in bloggieland. I just never have. Thanks for your sweet compliments re me and skylar & me looking great in just jeans and a t.


    The risotto looks creamy, awesome and delish. Well done, as usual!


  50. #
    Sana — January 7, 2010 @ 4:24 pm

    I just made risotto for the first time – it was funny to add a packet of spices. I will try your way for sure. Are you coming to fitbloggin?


    • Jessica — January 7th, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

      Yes I am! :)



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