Marcella Hazan’s Parmesan Risotto


Marcella Hazan's Parmesan Risotto //

As many of you know, Essentials of Italian Cooking. I’m pretty sure I was around 11 or so when my uncle gifted it to me, but I didn’t cook from it until years later.

It was Christmas and I thought it was a genius idea to throw a Feast of the Seven Fishes, and cook myself. I was an ambitious and totally naive party-thrower. To no surprise, I was a dang hot mess. There was cursing, there was a burn or two, there was lots of sweating and when I ended up with gummy, overcooked risotto, there were tears.

Last week was the first time I tried her recipe since I was a teenager and to no surprise it totally worked. I followed her words, her ratios and stirred. And then stirred some more. About 30 minutes later, I was met with creamy perfection.

This recipe is the perfect base recipe for risotto. Puree some butternut squash and throw it in it. Add some meat or fish or vegetables. Or you can add more cheese and call it a day.

The full recipe and more pictures is PBS Food.

Marcella Hazan's Parmesan Risotto

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  • Reply holly ; the hobbit kitchen October 8, 2013 at 1:07 am

    risotto is absolutely my very favourite dish, and combined with cheese there’s nothing more comforting in the world. total bliss πŸ™‚

  • Reply Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe October 8, 2013 at 2:29 am

    This is a true staple plate in my country and you made it the best way possible! It totally looks like the one my grandma made us for our Sunday lunches all together…well done, as always, Adrianna!

    xo, Elisa

  • Reply Katrina @ WVS October 8, 2013 at 5:49 am

    Mmm this looks awesome!! Heading over for the recipe now!

  • Reply Suzan @ The Lazy Suzan October 8, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Looks absolutely delicious. Love the little story, as well πŸ™‚ Great post and thanks for sharing

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) October 8, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Both Essentials of Italian Cooking and Marcella’s Cucina are in my cookbook stash–and they are both favorites of mine as well. So many wonderful dishes, I especially love her meatballs πŸ˜‰

    Beautiful risotto, Adrianna!

  • Reply cherie October 8, 2013 at 8:17 am

    will be trying it soon – wasn’t she the best? Her tomato with butter and onion sauce is a regular here

  • Reply dishing up the dirt October 8, 2013 at 9:45 am

    She was amazing. Beautiful recipe. Heading over to check out the full recipe now.

  • Reply Sarah | The Sugar Hit October 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Gorgeous – I love this kind of simple Italian cooking. They do it best, and Marcella was an ingenious cook and writer.

  • Reply Jayne October 8, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I am going to make this! I am I am I am. πŸ™‚

  • Reply joelle (on a pink typewriter) October 9, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I love, love, love risotto, and this sweet post.

    PS. my mom knows I adore pancakes and ripped out some recipes she found in one of her fav magazines……. turns out, they were YOUR recipes. πŸ™‚

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme October 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Whaa! That’s crazy. What magazine was it?!

      • Reply joelle (on a pink typewriter) October 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm

        Women’s World! It was either the Sept. 16 or Sept. 23 issue I think.. They showed your book’s cover so I assumed you knew they were sharing recipes…

        • Adrianna Adarme
          Reply Adrianna Adarme October 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm

          Haha I didn’t. But that’s awesome! YAY! Thanks for letting me know.

  • Reply Holley October 10, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I was eating risotto at Frank in NY last weekend and crying between bites because I was afraid I’ll never be able to make anything so delicious. But thanks for posting this cuz I might try now.

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