This rich and creamy risotto dish, made with Carolina® Medium Grain Arborio Rice, is paired with traditional puttanesca sauce ingredients for a blend of Italian comfort flavors in one.
Bring broth to boil in a saucepan set over high heat; reduce heat to low to maintain heat.
Heat oil in large high-sided skillet set over medium heat; cook onion for 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly softened. Stir in olives, capers, anchovies, garlic and chili flakes; cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until fragrant. Stir in rice; cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until rice is well coated. Season with salt and pepper.
Add wine; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
Add broth to skillet, 1 cup at a time, stirring frequently after each addition until all of the broth is absorbed before adding the next cup of broth, for 20 to 30 minutes or until rice is very tender.
Stir in Parmesan and basil. If risotto is too dry, stir in more broth or some water. Serve immediately.
Most commonly used as a sauce for pasta, puttanesca sauce recipes include olive oil, olives, garlic, red chili flakes, capers, anchovies and tomatoes. However, we’ve omitted the tomatoes for this recipe as the unique Arborio Rice from Carolina® Rice in combination with the broth offer a rich and creamy texture loaded with umami flavors from the capers and olives.
The Medium Grain Arborio Rice is specially crafted for risotto dishes as it contains more starch than longer grains, meaning when heat and broth are added it naturally cooks up more creamy. If you want to learn more, take a look at our guide on how to make the perfect creamy risotto!
And, if you’re looking for more umami loaded risotto recipes to rival the traditional dish, try our Manchego and Chorizo Risotto or Truffle Risotto.
Although it requires a saucepan to heat up the broth before pouring in, the entire risotto dish uses just one pan! That means less cleaning up and more time enjoying around the table.
Additionally, one of the best parts about this dish is that it uses mostly pantry ingredients that you can keep on your shelf ready to go for unexpected guests, a quick dinner or a simple yet satisfying meal. Find all kinds of recipe ideas that can be made in one pan or pot in our recipe section, as well as dishes prepared in kitchen gadgets like a crockpot rice pudding dessert.
Substitute 1 tbsp anchovy paste for anchovies if desired.