Ciao! Today I’m in an Italian mood and I will show you a fantastic recipe: a risotto with radicchio. Risotto is next to pizza and pasta the most popular Italian dish. This time I show you a “healthier” version with loads of red wine. If you follow my tips, nothing can go wrong and in a short time you can enjoy your risotto.
Risotto: a short definition
Most of you probably know that risotto has its roots in Italy. And that it is also really tasty. Nevertheless, we prefer eating it at our favorite Italian restaurant because we think: “It takes a long time, and you have to stir it the whole time.”
This sounds too challenging for most. I will show you that preparation is very easy and also doesn’t take as much time as you think. But first I will give you some basic information about the classic Italian dish.
Risotto is a rice dish cooked with medium grain rice. The preparation of the different kinds of risotto is very similar and can be varied with the ingredients.
You sear rice together with onion and then fill up with stock. Then you cook the rice until it has the right texture. Depending on the recipe, you add vegetables and wine. In any case you have to add lots of cheese, that guarantees a great flavor.
Risotto rice – which one is the best?
You always have some rice at home, but usually it’s the normal long grain rice. As mentioned before, we need medium grain rice for our risotto.
Use medium grain rice for risotto, the best kinds are called Abrorio oder Vialone nano.
The most popular kinds of risotto are Abrorio, Vialone, Maratelli and Carnaroli. I prefer Abrorio or Vialone nano. But find out yourself which rice is the best to your taste.
The vegetable for my risotto: the radicchio
Many vegetables taste great in a risotto. The most popular vegetables are mushrooms. I chose radicchio for you – I promise that it is great in combination with the red wine.
Easy and quick radicchio risotto
Now it is time to prove that cooking a risotto doesn’t take as much time as you thought in the beginning.
So let’s start: first you cut the onions and the garlic into fine cubes. Then you halve the radicchio and cut the back part into stripes. The rest I set aside for later.
I brown the onions and the garlic cubes and add the rice. Then I add the radicchio, this guarantees you a great intense flavor in the end.
After that I deglaze the rice with the red wine and add the stock. I reduce the heat and let the risotto cook. In the meantime I slice the rest of the radicchio.
I add half of the radicchio to the risotto in the beginning – as a result the flavor will be more intense!
You don’t have to stir all the time while the risotto is cooking, just once in a while!
Add a little stock if there is not enough liquid.
Which stock for the risotto?
I prefer chicken stock for my radicchio risotto. The stock I already prepared before. If you are a vegetarian, you also can use vegetable stock and if you are a little lazy take bouillon cubes 🙂
It is risotto time!
Soon our risotto is finished. While the risotto cooks for the last 8-10 minutes, I grate the Parmesan cheese.
How do I know that my risotto has the right texture? If it slides off the spoon, it is perfect!
In the end I season the risotto with pepper and add the rest of the radicchio and the Parmesan cheese. Then my tasty risotto is ready for serving. Arrange it on plates and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese!
Version No. 2
If the risotto is too bitter, I have a great cooking tip: add some cream to the risotto! You might have to season with pepper a little.
Have fun cooking!
Similar recipes on other websites:
On the website “genussmousse” you find another risotto recipe with radicchio.
Cuccina piccina shows a radicchio risotto with walnuts! More here.
The English blog “The Italian Dish” also shows a tasty radicchio risotto.