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How To Make Basic Risotto

How To Make Basic Risotto

How To Make Basic Risotto Video. A classic Italian dish which can be adapted as you wish for different flavours, such as chicken, vegetables and seafood. Learn to cook this delightful dish in our How To Make Basic Risotto Video.


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Step 1: You will need…

  • 750 ml chicken stock
  • 2 olive oil
  • half onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 250 g Arborio rice
  • 200 ml dry white wine
  • 35 g butter
  • 35 g parmesan, grated
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 saucepans
  • 1 ladle
  • 1 wooden spoon

Step 2: Heat the stock

Place a pan under a high heat, add the chicken stock and bring to the boil. Once boiling, remove the pan from the heat and place on the back burner to keep warm.

Step 3: Sweat the onions and garlic

Place a second pan under a medium high heat and allow to warm. Then add the olive oil and the onions. Stir them in with your wooden spoon, allowing them to sweat until they become translucent. Then, add the garlic and stir it in well.

Step 4: Add the rice

Now add the rice and stir to combine for about one minute. Then season with salt and pepper. Stir well, then add the wine, being very careful not to get splashed and keep stirring to help it all absorb.

Once the wine has absorbed add the 2 bay leaves.

Step 5: Add the stock

Add 2 ladles of chicken stock into the pan. Keep it moist but not too wet. Before adding more stock be sure that all the previous stock has been absorbed. Then add another 2 ladles and stir in.


It is preferable to use a pan with low sides as this helps evaporate the liquid.

Repeat the ladling until all the stock has been used. The cooking process should take around 15-20 minutes. The rice should be soft but still have a bite.

Step 7: Fold in the butter and cheese

Once cooked, remove the pan from the heat. Then fold in the butter, which simply means to mix in gently, then add the parmesan cheese and fold in. Once everything has folded, remove the bay leaves.

Step 8: Serve

Allow it to rest for a few minutes before serving, then spoon a generous helping onto a serving plate and garnish with a sprig of thyme.


Risotto can be made a few days or a few hours in advance and is simple to reheat.

A basic risotto can be served with any type of vegetable or seafood. However, you would have to change the chicken stock to a seafood stock. You can also add any type of herb. It really is a very versatile tasty dish!