Oven Risotto


August 6, 2010 by Flora Dawn

Risotto is one of those dishes that people typically only eat at restaurants. Not only is it time consuming, but it requires almost constant attention. Although I have been known to make it at home on occasion, especially with my teenager manning the stove top, it really isn’t a practical weeknight side dish.

Well, this all changed when I tried a recipe for risotto that bakes in the oven. So simple, so easy and still, so delicious. It has the same creamy texture and wonderful flavor of a traditional risotto, but is so much less labor intensive. And unlike so many shortcut recipes, this one really works.

This particular version is my adaptation of Oven-Baked Risotto published in Everyday Foods years ago. It really is a basic, great tasting risotto, but if you wanted it to add a bit more excitement mushrooms or peas would be a great addition.

Warm Oven Risotto with Chicken Under Bricks

Oven Risotto

  • 1 Tb olive oil
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 3/4 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine, optional (I typically leave it out)
  • 2-2 1/4 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 TB butter
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 TB freshly chopped parsley, optional (I usually just add a dash or dried parsley unless I happen to have fresh on hand)
  1. Preheat oven to 425. In an ovenproof saucepan or dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat; add onions and cook 2-3 minutes or until slightly tender and translucent.
  2. Add rice and stir to coat completely in oil. Cook for about 1 minute or until rice is slightly browned.
  3. Stir in wine if using and cook until is evaporate entirely. Sir in 1 1/2 cups of the water, the broth, pepper (I add the salt just before serving). Bring to a boil.
  4. Cover and transfer to preheated oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until water has been absorbed.
  5. Remove from oven and stir in 1/2-3/4 cups water to create a creamy consistency; add Parmesan cheese, butter, parsley and salt if needed. Serve immediately.

3 thoughts on “Oven Risotto

  1. Karin Goodman says:

    Does it matter what kind of rice you use. Can I use regular long grain white rice?

    • Flora says:

      I have used other short grain rices, but I don’t think long grain rice will break down and produce the creamy texture for risotto. Aborio rice is what I usually use, but it is expensive so I try to buy it in small amounts from the bulk bins (here, stores like Winco and Fred Meyer have those bulk bins with the spout so you don’t have to worry about someone scooping flour into the rice). But I know not everyone is comfortable with the bulk bins because of cross contamination issues.

  2. Danielle says:

    I tried this the other night. It was great. I have made risotto many times, but not as much lately because I don’t feel like taking the time. It worked perfectly and I was able to finish cooking other foods while it was in the oven making for a very easy weeknight dinner, and it was delicious. Definitely will do again and again.

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