Simple Saffron Risotto

Simple Saffron Risotto




Yield 4-6 Servings

A simple Saffron Risotto (Risotto alla Milanese). An easy, creamy rice dish for a mid-week family meal, yet elegant enough for any dinner party! Ready in 30 minutes!



  1. Place the saffron strands in a small bowl and mix with a few tablespoons of the hot vegetable stock. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil over a medium-high heat in a large pan. Fry the onion for 3-4 minutes until soft, but not browned.
  3. Add in the rice and cook for 3 minutes, stirring continuously.
  4. Add the wine to the pan and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add the saffron mixture, along with a ladleful of the stock. Bring back to a simmer.
  6. Pour in the stock, a little at a time, stirring until each addition has been absorbed.
  7. The risotto is ready when all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is cooked. This should take about 20-25 minutes. You may not need all the stock.
  8. Remove the pan from the heat and add in the butter and parmesan. Stir everything together until butter and cheese have melted and everything is combined.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

Courses Main Dish

Cuisine Italian

Recipe by Olive Tree Kitchen at