Simply toss ingredients in your rice cooker for an unforgettable gourmet Creamy Saffron Risotto. Absorbing loads of flavor, our Carolina® Arborio Rice creates an irresistibly gooey dish and makes each bite exceptional!
In open rice cooker set on High or Sauté setting according to manufacturer’s instructions, melt 4 tbsp butter; cook onion and garlic for 3 to 5 minutes or until slightly softened. Stir in rice, broth, tomatoes, wine, saffron, salt and pepper. (Or, if rice cooker does not have a sauté function or only an on/off switch, cook in skillet on stovetop set over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until slightly softened, then add to rice cooker.)
Turn off High or Sauté setting. Close lid of rice cooker; set on Porridge, Slow or Rice setting; cook for 30 minutes or according to manufacturer’s instructions until tender and creamy. Stir well; set to Warm setting for 10 minutes.
Stir in remaining butter, Parmesan and parsley. Serve immediately.
Depending on rice cooker, the risotto may not need to rest on Warm setting for 10 minutes. Test the texture: if rice is tender and creamy, serve immediately.
If risotto is too thick, stir in up to 1/4 cup hot broth or water for desired consistency.
Making a traditional Risotto often appears notoriously difficult to master. Over toasting, overcooking, or over stirring: it’s overwhelming! This Rice cooker risotto eliminates those risks: simply toss in the ingredients and let your trusty “set it and forget it” appliance do the work. Leave your rice cooker out and try another favorite: our Prosciutto and Green Pea Risotto!
If you want to try your hand at homemade risotto or don’t have a rice cooker, our Classic Risotto Guide has a crash course on the art of the dish. With a bunch of tempting recipe options, the hardest part will be choosing which one to make first! Note: Whether you use Arborio Rice or traditional white rice, the most important element is learning how much rice to water you should use.
Your risotto can only be as good as the ingredients you add. The proper ingredients ensure that you get that famed creamy texture!
-A delicious risotto depends on selecting the right grain: arborio rice. This medium grain not only releases starch while it’s cooking to make it a tad stickier than long grains but it also absorbs more liquid— each bite is jam packed with flavor! Bonus: arborio is ideal but not exclusively used for risotto. If you have any leftover rice but want a lighter dish, try this flavorful Ratatouille-inspired rice dish.
-Grab your grater! Pre-grated cheese typically has flour or starch: it won’t make your risotto quite so rich. So, you’ll definitely want to freshly shred the parmesan.
–Butter enhances the creamy texture — so resist the temptation to use olive oil which will separate the grains.