Your arm may fall off by the time dinner is ready, but it’s worth it! Risotto is one of those things I cook when I’m feeling extra bougie because it always impresses at a dinner party. I prefer a simple risotto — and by simple, I mean bursting with creaminess, sweet shallots and wine. Feel free to add sauteed or roasted vegetables of your choice.
Technique tip: Adding the stock, a little bit at a time, is what helps create this dish's signature creamy consistency.
Warm the stock in a saucepan over low heat.2.
Meanwhile, in a large stainless steel skillet, combine the oil, butter and shallots; cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the shallots are translucent, for 2 to 3 minutes.3.
Add the garlic and cook for one minute.4.
Add the rice and cook, stirring constantly, to toast, for 2 to 3 minutes; the rice should not take on any color.5.
Add the wine and cook, stirring constantly, until the liquid is almost completely absorbed.6.
Begin to add stock, a ladleful at a time, stirring constantly, until it is almost completely absorbed; repeat until the rice is al dente, about 45 minutes. You may or may not need all the stock.7.
Remove from the heat and stir in the mascarpone and Parmigiano-Reggiano and season with salt, to taste.8.
Serve immediately with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, some freshly cracked black pepper and a sprinkling of freshly grated cheese.