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Risotto, Without All the Stirring

Risotto, Without All the Stirring

Unlike stove-top risottos, this oven-baked version requires hardly any stirring, yet still creates a creamy rice with just the right amount of bite.

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

3/4 cup Arborio rice

1/4 cup dry white wine, (optional)

2 to 2 1/4 cups hot water

1/2 cup homemade or low sodium canned chicken stock

3/4 teaspoon coarse salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In an ovenproof saucepan or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring to coat the grains with oil, about 1 minute.

2. Stir in the wine and cook until it has completely evaporated, about 1 minute. Stir in 1 1/2 cups water, the stock, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover, transfer to the oven, and bake, until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice, 20 to 25 minutes.

3. Remove from oven. Stir in 1/2 to 3/4 cup water (the consistency of the risotto should be creamy), the butter, cheese, and parsley. Serve immediately.

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