Risotto Alla Milanese

This is a risotto recipe makes every occasion a special one!  Risotto all milanese is beautifully and gently flavored with saffron.   You can find saffron in the spice aisle of your grocery store.  Or online at stores like here

Risotto All Milanese

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Serves: 8 Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 2 1/2 quarts light chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 3 1/4 cups arborio rice (1 pound 10 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper



In a large saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a boil over high heat. Cover and keep hot over low heat.


In a heavy 6-quart pot or casserole, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over moderate heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 6 minutes.


Crumble in the saffron threads and cook for 1 minute, stirring.


Add the rice and stir to coat thoroughly with butter, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until evaporated.


Add enough hot stock to cover the rice (about 1 1/2 cups) and bring to a boil, stirring. Reduce the heat to moderate. Cook, stirring the rice constantly, until the stock has been absorbed. Continue adding the stock, 1 1/2 cups at a time, and stirring until it is absorbed before adding more; the risotto is done when the rice is just tender and the liquid is thick, about 25 minutes total.


Remove the risotto from the heat and stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and the cheese. Season the risotto with salt and pepper and serve.

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