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Risotto, a delicious Italian dish & small secrets to its success!

Risotto was born in Naples and is an authentic Italian dish that can be enjoyed as a side or even a main dish. The flavors that can be combined are infinite, from seafood and vegetables, to meat. But what is the story of this delicious dish and what are the secrets to always having a wonderful result.

The history of risotto begins in about the 14th century when the Arabs imported rice into Italy and Spain during their occupation. The climate of Italy proved to be ideal for rice plantations due to the humidity and abundant flat land of the country. The most famous variety of rice for risotto is the arborio variety, short and plump rice, which offers the dish its characteristic flavor and appearance and is cultivated mostly in Italy. It is also possible to use rice varieties of Carnaroli and Vialone Nano for risotto. The name risotto comes from the culinary technique through which the specific arborio, Carnaroli and Vialone Nano, due to their high starch content, give a creamy texture.

A few secrets for the perfect risotto:

  • World renowned chefs suggest to add stock while cooking the risotto in small doses, so it can slowly cook and get its creamy texture.
  • Risotto doesn’t need to be stirred constantly.
  • The creaminess of the dish is sped up by adding a small amount of butter as soon as the rice is almost cooked.
  • Necessary ingredient, parmesan at the end will give an intense flavor to the dish
  • Before you serve, make sure that your risotto still has some moisture.

The varieties of aromatics you can add to the risotto are many, according to the intensity or the aromas we want to give to our dish. A few examples are lemongrass, bay leaves, garlic, nutmeg, chives, saffron and pepper.

The nutritional value of arborio rice differs from other rice because of its high fiber content and protein, a combination that helps maintain good physical health. Riso Scotti’s Arborio Rice is low in fat and is a good source of carbohydrates which are essential for the energy our body needs daily! The Arborio variety also has vitamin A and C, which are important for maintaining our body’s health.

If you are looking for a high quality Arborio rice to make a delicious creamy risotto, then we suggest to you the number 1 Italian Arborio rice by Riso Scotti. It’s a high quality that comes from Pavia, a town in Italy famous as the capital of rice varieties of risotto. With a history spanning over 160 years in high quality rice and rice drinks, Riso Scottis considered a leader in its field in Italy and in the entire world with a presence in over 60 countries.


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