Let your rice cooker prepare you a delicious gourmet meal tonight! This Creamy Saffron Risotto will absolutely melt in your mouth.
In open rice cooker set on High or Sauté setting according to manufacturer’s instructions, melt 4 tbsp butter; cook onion and garlic for 3 to 5 minutes or until slightly softened. Stir in rice, broth, tomatoes, wine, saffron, salt and pepper. (Or, if rice cooker does not have a sauté function or only an on/off switch, cook in skillet on stovetop set over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until slightly softened, then add to rice cooker.)
Turn off High or Sauté setting. Close lid of rice cooker; set on Porridge, Slow or Rice setting; cook for 30 minutes or according to manufacturer’s instructions until tender and creamy. Stir well; set to Warm setting for 10 minutes.
Stir in remaining butter, Parmesan and parsley. Serve immediately.
Depending on rice cooker, the risotto may not need to rest on Warm setting for 10 minutes. Test the texture: if rice is tender and creamy, serve immediately.
If risotto is too thick, stir in up to 1/4 cup hot broth or water for desired consistency.
What makes risotto so irresistible? Each bite is packed with flavor! Risotto rice is saturated with flavor because it absorbs more liquid than other varieties. It’s essential you select the proper rice. Our handcrafted Arborio Medium Grain Rice contains those starches necessary for that luscious, creamy texture. Also, you want that chewy taste that medium grains offer.
Risotto also varies from other rice dishes in that liquid is traditionally added slowly. If you want to take on this labor of love, our Truffle Risotto gives step-by-step instructions or try any of these incredibly delicious risotto recipes.
The starch isn’t the only thing that makes this dish so rich and creamy — stir in those butter pats and freshly grated Parmesan to complete your dish.
White wine adds a hint of acidity to risotto. However, if you want to swap out that wine, you do have a couple options. Measure out an equal amount of chicken broth with a few drops of lime juice or 1-2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar. You can use vegetable broth, but keep in mind that the flavors are more subtle.
If you want your remaining risotto to taste just as creamy as when you first made it, you’ll want to throw in a little butter and add a splash of wine before warming up your leftovers in the microwave for 3-4 minutes.
Alternatively, you can repurpose your risotto by turning it into arancini filling! Follow the oven instructions from this Israeli Fusion Risotto Balls recipe, skipping down to step 5. For that crisp toasty crust, whip out the air fryer. Jump down to step 5 in our Arancini with Arroz Rojo recipe to learn the ins and outs of air frying arancini.