Arborio, Carnaroli and Vialone Nano are the 3 basic rices used to make Italian risotto. This classic version is flavored with Saffron Threads which add delicate aroma and the signature color.

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 40 min

Total time: 45 min

Classic Risotto alla Milanese
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Makes 4 servings


  1. Heat stock and saffron in medium saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Reduce heat to low.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons butter and olive oil together in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until soft, about 4 minutes.

  3. Add Arborio Rice to onion mixture, stirring until rice is thoroughly coated and lightly toasted, about 4 minutes. Rice grains should look slightly translucent around the edges, but still opaque in center.

  4. Add wine, cooking until fully evaporated, about 2 minutes.

  5. Add 1/2 cup simmering stock, stirring and scraping bottom of pan constantly with wooden spoon, until all stock is absorbed. Repeat this process, adding 1/2 cup of stock at a time, until rice is tender and creamy, but still firm to the bite and all liquid is absorbed.

  6. Remove from heat, and stir in remaining 1 tablespoon butter, Parmesan cheese and black pepper to taste. Season to taste with salt.

  7. Serve immediately, with extra grated cheese for garnish.