Risotto Milanese

Risotto Milanese is a deliciously rich and comforting dish centered around Italian rice seasoned with onion, saffron, Parmesan cheese, butter, white wine and copious amounts of chicken stock.

Hot chicken stock infused with saffron threads is added in small amounts to arborio rice as it cooks and is allowed to absorb before adding more. . .And more and more and more…It requires most, if not all of your attention and an insane amount of stirring that is worth every minute of your arm feeling like it might fall off.

The reward is this luxurious dish of “al dente” rice coated in buttery creaminess mildly reminiscent of saffron with a vibrant color that is akin to sunshine. We could all use a little more buttery sunshine in our lives, couldn’t we?!

Risotto Milanese

Rating: 51

Yield: serves 4 - 5

Risotto Milanese


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, diced small
1 teaspoon saffron threads
6-7 cups chicken stock, hot
1 + 1/2 cups arborio rice
1/2 cup white wine
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, fresh grated, plus more for serving


  1. In a large (12- to 14-inch) skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat, add onion and cook until translucent but not browned, 8 to 10 minutes, turn heat down if they start to brown.
  2. Meanwhile add the saffron to the hot stock, stirring to infuse. Keep a lid on the stock.
  3. When the onions are tender and translucent add the rice, stir with a wooden spoon until toasted and opaque, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the wine and a 4 to 6-ounce ladle of stock. Cook, stirring, until it is absorbed.
  4. Continue adding the stock a ladle at a time, each time the liquid is absorbed add more. Stir often. Cook until the rice is tender and creamy but still a little al dente 16-20 minutes.
  5. Stir in the butter and cheese. Allow to sit for a minute or two. Portion into 4 warmed plates and serve with extra cheese.


Adapted from Mario Batali

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  1. Deb in Hawaii says

    Such gorgeous color Reeni–I love both saffron and risotto so this dish is perfect for me. 😉 It looks rich, decadent and delicious and so elegant too.

  2. Federica says

    I love saffron and I love this risotto. His golden color like the sun brings jolliness. Bye bye dear, hope you have a great week

  3. says

    Oh Reeni…this looks too good! I'm certainly in need of some sunshine in a bowl. Thank you for sharing with me. After a very long week, it is refreshing to return to the blogs/people that I love. Your words mean more to me than I can express. Many blessings this week!

  4. BeadedTail says

    I've heard about risotto from that show, Hell's Kitchen, but have never had it. This looks really good and flavorful! It's a lovely dish too!Gentle headbutts to handsome Moon!

  5. MegSmith @ Cooking.I says

    What a gorgeous bowl of rice…Risotto is one of my favorite meals to make (and to eat!). I love it and this looks wonderful.

  6. Claudia says

    I love the ending touch of saffron. My recipe for for Risotto Milanese contains four times as much butter so I seldom make it. Loving this version.

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