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Saffron Risotto

I remember the first time I learned to make risotto as a young cook. Slowly simmering rice to the perfect doneness. Season with different vegetables, mushrooms, or saffron, then finish it with creamy mascarpone cheese and butter. Velvety and rich, risotto is a treat I love cooking to this day.

The method is always the same but the ingredients can be anything you want to try. Happy cooking.

Prep Time: 1 1/2 hour

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: serves 4 people


For the garlic chips

1/4 cup canola oil

6 cloves garlic, sliced thinly

  • Prepare a fine mesh strainer over a mixing bowl.

  • Add the canola oil and garlic to a non-stick frying pan and turn it on medium-high heat.

  • Fry the garlic, stirring constantly until it just starts to turn light golden brown.

  • Turn off the heat and pour through the fine mesh strainer to stop the cooking immediately. The garlic can burn quickly.

  • Set the garlic aside and use the oil to cook the risotto.

For the risotto

6 cups vegetable or chicken stock

2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp saffron threads


1/4 cup garlic-infused canola oil

3 tbsp butter

1/2 white onion, diced fine

1 1/4 cup carnaroli rice

1 cup white wine

1/2 cup mascarpone cheese

2 oz Grana Padano cheese, grated

1/4 cup butter

2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced

1/4 cup celery heart leaves

Salt to taste

  • Pour the stock and salt into a saucepot and turn it on medium heat. Bring the stock to a low simmer.

  • Turn off the heat, add the saffron threads and let steep for 15 minutes.

  • In a separate large high sided frying pan heat the oil and butter together.

  • Add the white onion and sauté, stirring constantly, until it becomes translucent.

  • Now add the rice to the pan. Stir constantly and lightly toast the rice for approximately 3 minutes.

  • Deglaze the pan with the white wine and cook until the wine has almost completely evaporated.

  • Turn the heat down low and start adding the saffron stock a cup at a time. Stir after each edition and allow the stock to be absorbed before adding more. Repeat this until the rice is tender.

  • Turn off the heat and stir in the cheeses and butter to melt.

  • Serve in the centre of a pasta bowl and garnish with the Roma tomato, celery leaves and garlic chips.

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