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Kitchen Tip: How to Make Risotto

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The following recipe, video and photography were provided by our partner, Chef Billy Parisi.

The perfect partner for almost any vegetable or protein, everyone should know how to make a classic risotto.

Originating in Northern Italy, this slow-cooked short grain creamy rice does require a little time to come together, but the process is simple, and you likely already have the ingredients on-hand in your fridge and pantry.

Risotto Ingredients

Finished with butter and freshly grated, Italian-imported Parmigiano Reggiano from Heinen’s Specialty Cheese Department, this dish is elevated comfort food at its finest and guaranteed to impress anyone who takes a seat at your dinner table!

Kitchen Tip: How to Make Risotto

Kitchen Tip: How to Make Risotto


  • 6 Tbsp. Heinen’s unsalted butter
  • 1 yellow, white or sweet onion, peeled and small diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 ½ cups Heinen’s Arborio rice
  • 1 cup white wine (chardonnay or pinot grigio)
  • 4-5 cups Heinen’s chicken stock, warmed
  • ¾ cup Heinen’s grated 24-month aged Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Salt and ground white pepper, to taste


  1. Add 2 Tbsp. of butter to a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat. Sauté the onions for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  2. Stir in the garlic and cook for 45 seconds to 1 minute.
  3. Add the rice and stir for 2-3 minutes to toast.
  4. Deglaze the pan with the white wine and stir until it is absorbed.
  5. Add ½ cup of chicken stock and stir until it is absorbed. Then add another ½ cup. You do not need to constantly stir; however, it is recommended to stir every 30 seconds once liquid is added to the rice.
  6. Repeat this process until the rice is cooked and creamy, about 20-30 minutes. The rice should be al dente, which is firm, but not crunchy or chalky.
  7. Remove from the cooktop and let the risotto sit for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Finish by stirring in the remaining 4 Tbsp. of butter, Parmigiano Reggiano, salt and pepper.

How to Make Risotto

Chef Billy Parisi

By Chef Billy Parisi

Chef Billy Parisi is a culinary school grad who spent 15 years in the restaurant industry as a line cook, sous chef and executive chef. Now he develops, photographs and films simple and delicious recipes that will make everyone feel like a chef in their own kitchen.

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