Easy recipe showing How To Make Risotto For One. A single serving of creamy, flavorful risotto perfect for anyone cooking for one.
One of my favorite dishes happens to be Risotto. At it’s simplest, risotto is a hearty, comforting rice dish where the rice is cooked in broth until it’s creamy. Since it’s one of my favorite recipes, I’m excited to share how to make risotto for one.
Risotto is such a versatile dish, any number of ingredients can be used to enhance the flavor. In the past, I’ve even taken the citrus route and made an Orange Risotto that was perfect with shrimp.
It has a reputation for being fussy, and while risotto does take a little time to cook and does require stirring the ingredients in the pan, this easy recipe actually takes no longer than about 30 minutes from start to finish.
One of my favorite ways to make risotto, especially when I’m cooking for one is made with mushrooms. Sliced mushrooms, chopped onions and garlic are softened in butter and olive oil first. Then the rice is added to the pan where it absorbs the butter and oil and “toasts” in the pan. From there, I add in a little white wine, then I begin to add warmed chicken broth to the pan, a little at a time, stirring until the liquid has absorbed into the rice. This process is continued until the rice is completely cooked and the risotto is creamy. A handful of shredded Parmesan cheese and a dot of butter finish off the process.
For this “recipe for one”, if you’re not a fan of mushrooms, feel free to leave them out. Also, if you want to make this risotto a vegetarian version, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
As you can see, this is a very easy recipe. I find the time I take stirring the rice to be very relaxing, especially after a long day. I usually pour a glass of wine, gather my ingredients for the risotto together and begin to cook – honestly, it’s very therapeutic.
A few important tips need to be mentioned: first of all, you need to be sure to have all of your ingredients handy. When you’re in the middle of making risotto, is not the time to search for an ingredient. Second, the most popular rice to use here in the US is Arborio because it’s easily available. This is what I use. Third, eat the risotto as soon as it’s cooked. Letting the risotto sit out will make it lose it’s creaminess.
The recipe instructions showing how to make risotto for one is indeed a “recipe for one”. If you are cooking for a group, refer to this Champagne Risotto recipe as it serves 6 people.
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Easy recipe showing How To Make Risotto For One. A single serving of creamy, flavorful risotto perfect for anyone cooking for one. | onedishkitchen.com
- 1 1/2 - 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons butter , divided
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 1/4 cup chopped onions (3/4 ounce)
- 1 garlic clove , minced
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup Arborio rice
- 2 ounces white wine
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Pour the chicken broth into a saucepan and bring it to a simmer over low heat. Make sure to have a ladle nearby.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter and the olive oil over medium heat in a deep sided skillet or saucepan.
When the butter has melted, add the fresh mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the chopped onions and garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
Season with the salt and stir in the rice. Let the oils coat the grains and continue to toast the rice, stirring for about 3 minutes.
Add the wine to the pan and simmer until the liquid has almost evaporated, about 2 minutes.
Add 1/4 cup of the broth and stir until almost completely absorbed, about 2 minutes.
Continue to add broth to the pan, 1/4 cup at a time and stir until absorbed. Continue this process until rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Taste and season with salt if necessary.
Stir in the remaining tablespoon of butter and parmesan cheese.
Remove from heat, taste and season with additional salt, if desired. Serve immediately.
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