Making a rich and creamy risotto and having your guests love it can be easier than you think, but in order to get there, we’ll let you in on a few essential details like the type of rice you use, the ingredients you add and the time it takes to cook. You should also get a good handle on the proportion of rice and broth that you need to prepare depending on the number of people you’re feeding.

Rice, Broth and Cook Time

If your rice is too mushy or crunchy and undercooked, it can lead to an unpleasant experience or even ruin an entire meal. Although the texture is a question of personal taste, there is a standard amount of time that your risotto will need to cook to essentially cook through. If you’re interesting in learning how to cook risotto or want to improve your dish, continue reading on and you’ll find out just how easy it can be to make your dish the best yet!

Broth to Rice Ratio

First, sauté the onion and garlic in oil until it is translucent and add in the rice and  white wine to cook until it evaporates. Later, add in the vegetable, chicken, fish or beef broth depending on the recipe. 

Mixing in the right ratio of broth to rice is an important part of the process. Remember that it will always be 3 times as much broth as rice, meaning if you use 1 cup of rice you will need to use at least 3 cups of broth and the amount increases if there are more people.

  • Risotto for two people: ¾ cup of rice, at least 2 ¼ cups of broth.
  • Risotto for four people: 1.5 cups of rice, at least 4.5 cups of broth or a little over 1 liter.
  • Risotto for six people: 2.5 cups of rice, 7.5 cups of broth, almost 2 liters.

Simple, isn’t it?

Cook Time

Risotto requires about 16 to 18 minutes to cook for the granules to release all of their starch and reach the ideal texture. If you like your rice more al dente, reduce the time it sits over the heat, but remember that arborio rice conserves its hard nucleus on the inside while it cooks to a creamy texture on the outside. 

Those 16-18 minutes are a general rule of thumb, but you should also keep in mind things like the type of rice, the level of heat you’re cooking over or the type of pan or skillet. We recommend you keep an eye on your rice and test it when you think it might be close to finishing to gauge what your next step should be. 

The cook time will generally stay the same for each risotto and doesn’t vary based on the ingredients you add. You may, however, choose to add in another ingredient that requires a different cooking method, for example Eggs Benedict Risotto.

The cook times will also remain the same based on whichever type of broth you use whether it be beef, fish, chicken or vegetable, because the rice granules require the same cook time of about 16-18 minutes. 

Follow these basic suggestions regarding cook time and ratio of liquid to risotto and your guests will want seconds! If you don’t have much experience or it’s the first time you’re making it, make sure to follow the recipe step by step but above all just enjoy the process because the care that you put into it will show up in the results. 

Now that you’ve got the right tools in your belt, why not try your hand at a creamy and delicious risotto recipe? Don’t forget to let us know how it turned out!