Luxurious Risotto alla Milanese Recipe

Immerse yourself in the tradition of Milan with our Risotto alla Milanese recipe, a creamy and luxurious dish enhanced by saffron's unique flavor.
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Luca, a dedicated architect in Milan, finds solace in the rich, creamy flavors of Risotto alla Milanese after a long day. This traditional dish, infused with saffron, reflects the elegance and depth of Milanese cuisine. Cooking risotto is Luca’s way to unwind, blending creativity with precision, much like his architectural projects. This dish not only satiates his hunger but also connects him to the vibrant culinary heritage of his city.

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Luxurious Risotto alla Milanese Recipe

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A luxurious and creamy risotto infused with saffron, a traditional Milanese dish that’s perfect for dinner.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Meal Type Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 476 kcal
Difficulty Medium
Ingredient Cost $11.50
Shopping Cost$52


  • Large saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Small bowl


  • 1 ½ cups Arborio rice
  • 1 onion small, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth, kept warm
  • ½ teaspoon saffron threads soaked in 2 tablespoons warm water
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 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 broth
  • After about 20 minutes, stir in the saffron and its soaking water.
    1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
  • Continue to add broth and stir until the rice is creamy and cooked al dente, about 5-10 more minutes.
    4 cups chicken broth
  • 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.


For a richer flavor, use homemade broth.
Ensure to stir continuously to achieve the creamy texture.


Calories: 476kcalCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 12gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 1137mgPotassium: 172mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 464IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 180mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Dinner, Italian Cuisine, Risotto alla Milanese, Saffron Risotto, Traditional Recipe

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