Risotto

This simple Italian dish should be creamy, not gluey, with a firm bite. Having trouble cooking it to perfection? Here's our problem-solving guide on how to cook risotto, plus a range of great recipes for you to try.

Risotto

1. The problem

Too watery or stodgy

How to avoid it

Prevent watery risotto by adding hot stock a ladleful at a time. Add more stock only when the previous addition has nearly all been absorbed. An extra splash of stock and extra parmesan and butter will loosen a stodgy risotto.

 

2. The problem

Not quite done but the stock's all gone

How to avoid it

Always have ready a little more stock than the recipe asks for, just in case. And if you done run out of stick, add a little freshly boiled water, a splash at a time, to finish cooking the rice.

 

3. The problem

Bland

How to avoid it

Use top qualty rice/booze/stock/parmesan. Use the best ingredients to flavour the risotto: seasonal veg, fresh (not precooked) shellfish, dried porcini, bone-in chicken. And don't forget to season, season, season!

 

4. The problem

Not creamy

How to avoid it

Use startchy rice, such as arborio or carnaroli. It's the starch that makes the risotto soft and creamy. It's also important to keep stirring the risotto as this roughs up the rice, causing it to release more of its starch.

 

Make the perfect risotto

Now you've read our top tips, why not put them to the test with these recipes?

Wild mushroom, bacon, and barley risotto

Wild mushroom, bacon, and barley risotto

The ingredients might sound like a strange combination but it's an earthy, savoury and deeply comforting dish.

Squash, blue cheese and sage risotto

Squash, blue cheese and sage risotto

This squash risotto is comfort food at its best. For best results, make your own stock

Venison and mushroom stew with pearl barley risotto

Venison and mushroom stew with pearl barley risotto

Scandinavians get through cold winter days with lots of filling casseroles and stews. This stew recipe uses venison which is fairly lean, so slow-cooking is a perfect way to cook it to stop it drying out.

Mushroom and bacon three-grain risotto

Mushroom and bacon three-grain risotto

This bacon and mushroom risotto recipe is a savoury treat. The three-grains give it real bite.

Winter green risotto with crunchy bacon

Winter green risotto with crunchy bacon

Enjoy your winter greens with this tasty, comforting credit-crunch dish.

Chorizo and squash risotto

Chorizo and squash risotto

Ready in just 30 minutes, this risotto recipe is the perfect midweek supper. For a veggie option, omit the chorizo and add goat’s cheese at the end.

Hearty squash risotto

Hearty squash risotto

Enjoy this hearty vegetarian supper any night of the week. You can use roasted red onion wedges and red pepper quarters instead of the squash.

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