Italian Parmesan Risotto with Saffron

Italian Parmesan Risotto with Saffron

Italian Parmesan Risotto with Saffron


Traditional parmesan risotto with saffron is one of my favorite dishes, extremely simple in taste yet so delicious. Here in northern Italy it is considered a staple, a real comfort food that every cook should know how to make. The richness and creaminess of this dish is just amazing, and its bright yellow color brings joy just to look at it!

Here I want to share with you the most traditional of every Italian risotto, the real classic of classics. This recipe originates in Milan and historically it is served together with slow-cooked veal shank slices. Nowadays however, it is more commonly eaten as a main dish.

Nevertheless, as making this dish is more a technique than a recipe, it lends itself well to endless variations. For instance, you could boost the earthy flavor of this traditional saffron parmesan risotto just by adding a handful of dried mushrooms and a sprinkle of fresh parsley.

Unfortunately, the catch to this dish is that it does require attention. The real secret to a good risotto in fact, is just to be patient and add the broth one ladleful at a time, waiting for it to be absorbed and stirring the rice before adding some more. I know this might sound time-consuming, but in reality, it won’t take you more than 20 minutes and once you taste the final result, you will definitely know it was completely worth it.

Prep notes:

Finally, here are a few key suggestions to make your risotto perfect every time. First, warm up your broth. As cool broth takes longer to get to temperature, it might shock the grains and impact the creaminess of the dish. Second, stir frequently while cooking or your risotto will stick to the pan. Finally, remember to turn off the heat before adding and mixing in the cheese. This last step is called mantecare and is what makes risotto so tasty and creamy.


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