Classic Creamy Risotto Recipe

This classic creamy risotto, simmered slowly with Parmesan and broth, offers a perfect blend of simplicity and comfort, ideal for unwinding after a long day.
A bowl of classic, creamy risotto garnished with parsley and grated cheese. A fork is placed on a napkin beside the bowl.

After a day filled with excavation and discovery, an archaeologist, finds comfort in the methodical process of making risotto. This creamy Italian dish requires patience and attention, much like his work in the field. The slow cooking process and the melding of flavors create a meal that is both satisfying and meditative, providing a perfect end to a long day of unearthing the past.

A bowl of classic, creamy risotto garnished with parsley, placed on a white napkin, next to a small bowl of grated cheese and a few parsley leaves—a timeless recipe favorite.

Classic Creamy Risotto Recipe

A blonde woman in a white suit smiling at a table.Sarah Thompson
A creamy and comforting Italian risotto, cooked slowly with arborio rice, broth, and Parmesan cheese.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Meal Type Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 2411 kcal
Difficulty Medium
Ingredient Cost $9
Shopping Cost$33


  • Large saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Ladle


  • 1 ½ cups Arborio rice
  • 1 onion small, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth, kept warm
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish


  • In a large saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until soft and translucent.
    1 onion, 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Stir in the Arborio rice and cook for 2 minutes, coating the rice with butter and onion.
    1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
  • Add the white wine and cook until it evaporates.
    1/4 cup dry white wine
  • Gradually add the warm broth, one ladle at a time, stirring constantly. Allow the liquid to absorb before adding more.
    4 cups chicken
  • Continue to add broth and stir until the rice is creamy and cooked al dente, about 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the remaining butter and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, Salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve immediately, garnished with fresh parsley.
    Fresh parsley


For added flavor, stir in sautéed mushrooms or cooked shrimp.
Use homemade broth for a richer taste.


Calories: 2411kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 10gFat: 232gSaturated Fat: 74gPolyunsaturated Fat: 46gMonounsaturated Fat: 101gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 224mgSodium: 216mgPotassium: 127mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 459IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 170mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Comfort Food, Dinner, Italian Cuisine, Risotto

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