Risotto Milanese


Risotto Milanese is a classic Italian dish known for its creamy texture and vibrant yellow color. In this recipe, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of creating a perfect Risotto Milanese, with tips from renowned chef Marco Pierre to elevate your cooking skills. Get ready to impress your guests with this delicious and sophisticated dish!


– 2 cups Arborio rice – 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth – 1 medium onion, finely chopped – 4 tablespoons unsalted butter – 1/2 cup dry white wine – 1/2 teaspoon saffron thread – 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese – Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1: Prepare the Broth

1. Heat the vegetable or chicken broth in a saucepan over medium heat. 2. Keep the broth simmering throughout the cooking process, as you'll need it to gradually add to the risotto.

Step 2: Sauté the Onion

1. In a large, deep skillet or saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. 2. Add the finely chopped onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minute

Step 3: Toast the Rice

1. Add the Arborio rice to the skillet and stir it into the onions. 2. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, until the rice grains are well coated with the butter.

Step 4: Deglaze with Wine

1. Pour in the dry white wine and stir the rice until the liquid is absorbed. 2. This step will add flavor to the risotto. Continue stirring until the wine is almost completely absorbed.

Step 5: Infuse with Saffron

1. Crumble the saffron threads into a small bowl and add a splash of hot broth. 2. Stir well to infuse the saffron with the liquid. 3. Pour the saffron-infused broth into the skillet and continue stirring.

Step 6: Gradually Add the Broth

1. Add a ladleful (about 1/2 cup) of hot broth to the skillet. 2. Stir the rice constantly until the liquid is almost absorbed. 3. Repeat this process, adding more broth gradually, and stirring until each addition is absorbed. 4. The rice should be cooked al dente, tender but with a slight firmness in the center.

Step 7: Finishing Touche

1. Once the rice is cooked, remove the skillet from heat. 2. Stir in the remaining butter and grated Parmesan cheese. 3. Season with salt and pepper to taste, adjusting the flavors  as needed.

Step 8: Serve and Enjoy

1. Let the risotto rest for a couple of minutes to allow the flavors to meld. 2. Serve the Risotto Milanese in warm bowls. 3. Optionally, garnish with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese or a few strands of saffron on top. 4. Enjoy the creamy and aromatic Risotto Milanese prepared with mastery.


With this step-by-step recipe, guided by the expertise of Marco Pierre, you can now create a remarkable Risotto Milanese. The creamy texture, aromatic saffron, and rich flavors will transport your taste buds to the heart of Italy. Serve this dish as a main course or alongside your favorite Italian dishes for an unforgettable culinary experience.

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