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Saffron Risotto

$48.75 Cooking Fee
Serving Size: 5 ounce
Recipe by:
Mayumi Tavalero
This rich and delicious risotto, prepared in the classic Milanese style, is made with saffron which gives it a beautiful yellow hue and subtle earthy flavor. Please note that this dish is best served immediately to maintain texture. If that is not possible, have your chef cook the risotto until almost done then refrigerate. You can then finish off when you plan on serving, by stirring in the remaining ladle of stock, butter, and cheese (this is a simple step that will really impress your family and friends!).
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  • In a medium or large saucepan bring the stock to a low simmer on a burner close to where you will be making your risotto.
  • To a large skillet add the olive oil and half the butter. Turn the heat to medium. When the butter has melted and is bubbling, add the onions and sauté until tender, but not brown, about 3 minutes. Add the rice, stirring to coat well, sautéing for about a minute or so.
  • Add the wine and simmer until almost completely evaporated, stirring constantly. Add a ladle of stock (1/2-1 cup, depending on servings) and stir until almost evaporated, about 2-3 minutes. Add another ladle of stock and all the saffron threads, again stirring until the liquid has evaporated. Continue this process until the rice is cooked, about 15-30 minutes (depending on servings). Taste frequently for doneness during the last five minutes of cooking time.
  • Turn off heat and add Kosher salt and pepper to taste, the remaining butter, and the Parmesan cheese.
  • Arrange risotto on individual plates or one large platter. Garnish with parsley if desired.


NOTES: If you run out of stock and the risotto is not done, use hot water in its place. Finished risotto should have a slight chewiness in the very center of the grain (al dente). Best served immediately. Do not add butter or cheese until just before serving. If not serving immediately, slightly undercook the rice, then just before serving finish off with remaining stock, butter and cheese.

Cook Times

Active Prep10
Hands-On Cook35
Recipe Serving Size10



  • 7 cup low sodium vegetable stock more or less depending on cooking
  • 1 ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 yellow onion small, finely chopped
  • 3 cup Arborio rice or Carnaroli, or Vialone Nano Rice
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads crushed or lightly chopped
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley (flat-leaf parsley) optional, chopped

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Reheating/Serving Instructions

If risotto was cooked very al-dente, add to a pan with a little water and heat slowly until warm, otherwise place in microwave on medium power until heated through.


Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 3mg

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