2 cups arborio rice 3 Tbsp olive oil (more, if needed) 8 cups broth* (or 8c water + 2 – 3 Tbsp bouillon*) 1 – 2 c. cooked cubed … Other yummy add-in are carrots or mushrooms, which I add right at the beginning with the onion and bell pepper. My daughter who just turned 2 is allergic to milk. Let’s Talk Broth. Continue adding broth (you may not need to use all of it) stirring until the rice is plump but still has a "bite." We all have a little cold this week but so far it hasn’t been too bad. Thanks for stopping by! BUT. I used beef and chicken broth and added some carrots to the mix…so yummy! Meanwhile, put the broth on to heat in a separate pan. Add the vegetables to the chicken, and fry gently for 3-4 minutes or until they start to soften. It’s crazy all the hidden places dairy is. It was a little bit bland for our family, but I did use chicken stock instead of beef (my beef wasn’t GF). Vegetarian or Vegan? Add in the diced chicken and fry until the outside is just white (not fully cooked). As always, read your labels to be sure! We’re in the middle of monsoon season here in the desert, which means more (read: any) cloudy days than usual. I ate leftovers for lunch…thanks for the awesome recipes! You can still make this! (ha!). Post was not sent - check your email addresses! I love the idea of adding broth all at once. I help busy cooks make healthy, beautiful meals the whole family will love! Why do you add the broth all at once? In traditional risotto recipes, you add the broth about 1/2 cup at a time, slowly stirring the entire time until the risotto is creamy and the grains of rice have softened. I like Better Than Bouillon Organic Beef Base (only the organic kind is gluten free). You can help off-set this by grating (or even pureeing) your onion instead of dicing it. I can’t wait to try it. It’s a game changer! This looks so delicious! Why do you add the broth all at once? Add the hot broth to the rice mixture, a ladle-ful at a time, stirring constantly, until each ladle-ful is absorbed. When the butter is melted add the onion and garlic, and fry until soft. Take the pan off the heat, stir in the Parmesan cheese and black pepper, and serve. It’s cozy and comforting, but not a lot of fuss. But sometimes, you need speed or something helpful in a pinch. You can absolutely add more veggies to this if you like. Or, you can swap in carrots in place of the peppers for a slightly different flavor. Add the chicken and fry until the outside is white. My name is Laura, I am German-American, from Seattle, WA, and have been living in Berlin, Germany for the past 4 years. If you'd like to know more, just check out my about me page. Good-quality broth is divine. Sounds like a perfect plan for next time! Be VERY careful when reading your labels. The overall consistency should be creamy when done (this will take about 20 to 25 minutes). Get fresh recipes, menu ideas, favorite things, and more each week! (I know!) It’s SO much simpler, a little faster (about 15 minutes faster! The grated onion will blend in a LOT better texturally with the arborio rice. Thanks for posting this! Hi, I'm Emily! This was VERY easy! I’m 100% adding this to next weeks menu plan! I am a fan of Risotto. Also so glad for the tip about dairy in some broths. If you’re out of broth but have a good quality bouillon (I like Better Than Bouillon Organic Beef, Veggie, or Chicken Base) that works great, too. Can I substitute long grain white rice here? Remove from pan. So much lower maintenance–and that’s exactly what I need, since I’m usually helping kids with homework and chopping veggies for salad and don’t have 100% attention to give to the risotto. Some kids have texture issues with different veggies (mine do!). I’ve got a few tips and tricks that make this faster and easier (and more dairy free–ha!) Thank you for this one! It’s a great alternative to chicken soup. In traditional risotto recipes, you add the broth about 1/2 cup at a time, slowly stirring the entire time until the risotto is creamy and the grains of rice have softened. Thank you for an easy, gluten free, dairy free, and alcohol free risotto recipe! In a pinch, I’d say yes, but other types of rice won’t hold up the same with that much cooking and stirring, so they’ll break down and can turn mushy pretty easily. Tyler Florence posted on his Instagram feed how he’s started making risotto by stirring the rice and all the liquid at once, rather than adding 1/2c of broth at a time to the rice. Delicious. Originally posted October 2013. When the risotto is creamy and tender, stir in frozen peas and green onions. Notes for Kids & Picky Eaters. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. ), and the same (if not better) creamy results!