This Easy Baked Risotto recipe takes all the guesswork and stirring out and puts the quick and easy in; while still keeping all the delicious creamy flavors. And it will still turn out just as good as if a seasoned chef prepared it the traditional way.
Traditional Risotto is a delicious, but labor intensive dish. I learned my lesson when I made some myself over the stove top. Whew! Thankfully I could employ my husband to help me stir so my arm wouldn’t fall off. Was it delicious? Absolutely. But their has to be an easier way. Well, here it is!
Science comes to our aid, along with the wonderful invention of Aluminum foil. Uncooked Arborio rice is sauteed with melted butter in a large dutch oven for a couple minutes, and then all the broth is added in at once. Placing a large sheet of foil directly to the entire surface of the liquid and folding the edges over the pot keeps the steam from rising above the rice and drying it out. The foil prevents the liquid from evaporating and instead is absorbed by the rice. So you just pop it in the oven for about 15 minutes and it’s basically done. Just stir in some cheese and parsley… and… voila! It’s like magic.
I will tell you that I have altered this recipe and left out the onion. After cooking up several batches, the onion always tasted off. Like it didn’t belong. I know a lot of Risotto recipes will tell you to use it, but I think the onion way over powers all the other delicious, creamy flavors. My whole family likes it much better when I leave it out. I have also left out the white wine, and replaced it with my substitute~ 1/2 cup of chicken broth with a tablespoon of the aforementioned liquor’s vinegar (white wine vinegar). I like this substitution because it still provides a bit of that bitterness the wine would give, and also gives a broader spectrum of flavors.
I also love this recipe because baking in the oven allows me to cook another dish (such as a protein) on the stove top while the risotto is baking. You can serve a simple, yet fancy meal without the hassle.