Basic Risotto

by Nanny Bubby

I love a great Risotto. It is so universally delicious, and you can use it by adding anything you desire. I have made it with frozen asparagus and frozen peas and any frozen vegetables, also with any leftover vegetables at the end of the week, or I have made it by adding leftover meats. Use your creativity, instincts and be intuitive and it will turn out great every time. Enjoy!!!

Total Time:

1 hour 15 minutes




  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. good olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 c. chopped leeks white and light green parts (2 leeks)
  • 1 c. chopped fennel
  • 1 1/2 c. Arborio rice
  • 2/3 c. dry white wine
  • 4 to 5 c. simmering vegetable stock preferably homemade
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly grated lemon zest 2 lemons
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 c. mascarpone cheese preferably Italian
  • 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan plus extra for serving
  • 3 Tbsp. minced fresh chives plus extra for serving


  • Heat the olive oil and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the leeks and fennel and saute for 5 to 7 minutes, until tender. Add the rice and stir for a minute to coat with the vegetables, oil, and butter.
  • Add the white wine and simmer over low heat, stirring constantly, until most of the wine has been absorbed.
  • Add the chicken stock, 2 ladles at a time, stirring almost constantly and waiting for the stock to be absorbed before adding more. This process should take 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Whisk the lemon juice and mascarpone together in a small bowl.
  • When the risotto is done, turn off the heat and stir in the mascarpone mixture plus the Parmesan cheese and chives.
  • Set aside, off the heat, for a few minutes, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve hot with a sprinkling of chives and more Parmesan cheese.
  • Add any or all left over vegetables or meat from the week, anything your heart desires.
  • Be creative.

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