Made Risotto Bianco for my husband on Valentine’s Day since he loves it. Served these in cute heart-shaped red bowls and got some chilled wine to enjoy it. We absolutely loved the creamy texture from the cheese and the richness from the mushrooms.

Do you love Risottos? It is made from special rice grown in Italy called Arborio rice.  They take some patience and skill to perfect. But once you make them, they are the most perfect and easy thing to make. This Risotto is called Bianco which means white because of this lovely white color. If you like risottos, you must definitely try my Risotto Milanese aka Saffron Risotto and Arachini di riso recipe made from leftover Risotto.

PREPARATION TIME: 5 minutes
COOKING TIME: 25 minutes
SERVINGS: 2
DIFFICULTY SCALE: Hard

INGREDIENTS: 

  1. Arborio rice – ½ cup
  2. Mushrooms – 1 cup, diced
  3. Onion – 1, medium
  4. White wine – ½ cup
  5. Vegetable stock – 4 cups
  6. Garlic Cloves -3
  7. Olive oil – 1 tablespoon
  8. Butter – 2 tablespoons
  9. Cheese – 1/3 cup, grated
  10. Salt – to taste

RECIPE:

  1. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and a little butter in a non-stick pan.
  2. Finely chop onion and garlic.
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Add butter, onion, and garlic

3. Add them to the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes until they turn translucent.
4. Add Arborio rice into the pan and mix it with the onions and cook for 2-3 minutes.
5. Once the rice is lightly toasted, add the white wine and cook the rice in it.
6. Allow the wine to evaporate on medium flame.
7. Once there is almost no liquid left, add a cup of warm vegetable stock.
8. Keep moving the rice constantly and allow the stock to evaporate.
9. In the meantime, in a separate pan, add some butter and add the diced mushrooms and cook them for 4-5 minutes until the water evaporates and the mushrooms get cooked.
10. Repeat this process 3 more times till the entire vegetable stock is consumed and the rice cooks. Leave some liquid in the pan because the rice keeps absorbing it.

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Cook the Arborio rice with vegetable stock

11. Add a tablespoon of butter and grated cheese and mix well.
12. Add the cooked mushrooms and serve hot.

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Risotto Bianco
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