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Parmesan Risotto

This creamy and easy Parmesan Risotto is a simple, rustic side dish or dinner entrée.
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword creamy risotto, parmesan risotto
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 3 - 4 people
Calories 423kcal
Author Blair Lonergan



  • In a small saucepan, bring the broth and water to a slow simmer. Then turn to low and keep warm.
  • In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, wok, or Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion; cook and stir until translucent (about 3-5 minutes). Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 more minute. Add rice; stir until the grains are coated well.
  • Add ½ cup of simmering broth and cook the rice, stirring constantly, with a long wooden spoon, wiping the sides and bottom of the pot clean as you stir, until all of the liquid is absorbed. Never stop stirring, and be sure to scrape the bottom of the pot regularly so that the rice doesn’t stick.
  • When there is no more liquid in the pot, add another ½ cup of broth, constantly stirring again. Repeat this process until you have used almost all of the liquid, but start tasting the rice after 20 minutes of cooking. The risotto is done when the rice is tender, but firm to the bite (this usually takes about 25-30 minutes of total cooking time). As it approaches that stage, gradually reduce the amount of liquid that you’re adding to the pot. When it’s fully cooked, you want the risotto moist, but not runny.
  • During the final 1-2 minutes of cooking, stir in the Parmesan cheese and the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Keep stirring to melt the butter and cheese. Remove from heat; taste and season with salt (if necessary). Transfer to a platter or bowl, garnish with fresh parsley, and serve immediately.


  • Which pan to use for risotto: Prepare the risotto in a heavy-bottomed pot that can retain sufficient heat to cook the rice relatively quickly, but without scorching it. Aluminum and other lightweight pans will not work well. Instead, you need something like an enameled cast-iron pot (shown here), Dutch oven, or wok.
  • How much cooking liquid to use: It's important to note that the total amount of liquid that you will need for this recipe will vary. The quantity of broth and water suggested is just an estimate. You may need more, or you may need slightly less. If you run out of broth and your risotto is still not finished, that's fine -- just proceed with additional water.
  • Keep the Liquid Hot: It's important to keep the broth/water mixture almost at a boil, so that the cooking temperature of the rice stays consistent. The rice will absorb the hot liquid, while additional liquid will evaporate.
  • How much Rice Per Person: It's safe to assume about 4 ounces of uncooked rice (about 1/3 cup) per person if you're serving the risotto as a main dish. If you're offering the risotto as a side, you will need about 2 ounces of uncooked rice per person (or about ¼ cup).


Serving: 1/3 of the risotto | Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 916mg | Potassium: 191mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 363IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 215mg | Iron: 3mg