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Basil Parmesan Risotto

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  • What to Serve with Risotto
  • What is the best white wine for risotto?
  • How to Store Leftover Risotto
  • Basil Parmesan Risotto is creamy, easy to make and a perfect side dish or meal. Grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil make give this recipe lots of delicious flavor.

    Basil Parmesan Risotto with fresh basil on top in a white bowl next to a spoon. A gray and white striped towel is next to the bowl.

    Basil Parmesan Risotto Recipe

    Is risotto hard to make?

    Risotto has a tendency to be considered difficult because of the hands on time. It is a recipe that needs your full attention for about 30 minutes. Once you make it a couple of times you will get the hang of it and it won’t be as intimidating. If you enjoy this simple recipe, next time try our Butternut Squash Risotto with Bacon or Pumpkin Risotto!

    Ingredients for Basil Parmesan Risotto

    The ingredients for this risotto recipe are simple and mostly pantry staples. If you tend to make risotto regularly I bet you already have the arborio rice on hand. For this recipe you will need:

    • olive oil
    • sweet onion
    • vegetable broth (or chicken broth or chicken stock)
    • arborio rice- rice is gluten free so as long as your remaining ingredients are gluten free as well this dish will be gluten free. No other rice can be used to make risotto, only arborio rice will work.
    • white wine
    • parmesan cheese- freshly grated parmesan cheese or the cheese pre-grated at the grocery store.
    • fresh basil leaves

    If you use a low sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth you may want to add a little salt to the final dish depending on your taste.

    Basil Parmesan Risotto close up picture with fresh basil on top in a white bowl.

    How to Make Basil Parmesan Risotto

    Step One: prep all ingredients

    The first step to making your risotto is getting all of your ingredients ready. Chop the onion and basil, measure the wine, rice and cheese, and heat up the broth. I used vegetable broth however chicken would work well too! Do not use water as a substitute because it will take away a lot of the flavor.

    Step Two: heat broth and start skillet

    Once your ingredients are ready, bring your 4 cups broth to a boil. In the meantime, add your olive oil to a pan. Heat the pan over medium heat. Then, add the onion and cook about 5 minutes or until soft. Next, add the rice and stir to coat in the oil.

    Step Three: start adding liquids

    Now, add your wine and cook until absorbed, stirring frequently. The more you stir your risotto the creamier (without even adding cream) it will become! Once the wine is absorbed, begin to add the broth about 1/2 cup at a time.

    Between each addition stir until the broth is absorbed. Continue to add broth until all is absorbed. If you find your risotto sticking to the bottom of the pan simply reduce the heat and that should help.

    Step Four: add parmesan

    Finally, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the basil on top and serve immediately!

    Basil Parmesan Risotto with fresh basil on top in a white bowl.

    What is the best white wine for risotto?

    Any white wine can be used to make risotto however a dryer, less sweet wine is best for flavor. Try using sauvignon blanc or chardonnay wine. That being said if you have a bottle open already of a different kind feel free to use it!

    Can I skip the wine?

    If you would prefer not to use white wine in the risotto for a specific reason go ahead and add an extra half cup of broth to the recipe in place of the wine. Broth makes a great substitute for the wine in risotto.

    How to Store Leftover Risotto

    Leftover risotto should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Check out How to Reheat Risotto Perfectly for better tasting leftovers!

    Basil Parmesan Risotto with fresh basil on top in a white bowl next to a spoon

    Basil Parmesan Risotto

    Yield: 4 servings
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 30 minutes
    Total Time: 40 minutes

    Basil Parmesan Risotto is creamy, easy to make and a perfect side dish or meal. Grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil make give this recipe lots of delicious flavor.

    Ingredients

    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
    • 4 cups vegetable broth
    • 1 cup Arborio rice
    • 2/3 cup white wine
    • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
    • 5-6 basil leaves, thinly sliced

    Instructions

    1. Bring vegetable broth to a boil. Chop onion and basil.
    2. In a large saute pan, heat oil over medium heat.
    3. Add onion and cook for 3-5 minutes or until soft.
    4. Add rice and stir to coat in oil.
    5. Add wine and stir to deglaze pan. Cook on low and stir to absorb all wine.
    6. Slowly add broth 1/2 cup full at a time. Be sure to stir very frequently. Continue additions until all broth is added and absorbed.
    7. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in parmesan cheese.
    8. Top with basil, serve immediately and enjoy!

    Notes

    Make sure to stir as frequently as possible.

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    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 898mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 6g

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