Lake Como’s favourite saffron risotto

Lake Como Food Tours offers not only walking and food tours in the Como area, but also cooking classes. We love to teach travellers how to make fresh pasta from scratch and having lunch all together!

One of the dishes that our guests love the most is saffron risotto, a traditional recipe from the Lombardy area.

​Making it yourself is quite easy, provided you have good quality saffron and rice (our favoure varieties are local arborio and carnaroli).

First of all you need to make some stock - using meat or vegetables - and keep it at a low simmer.

Heat a coupla tablespoons non salted butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat for 1 minute to cook half minced onion until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add rice and sauté it until the grains are translucent and hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Add half a glass of white wine and bring to a simmer, stirring, until rice has absorbed it.

Add 2 ladles of stock to rice; simmer, stirring, until rice has absorbed most of stock. Continue adding stock, allowing rice to absorb it before adding the next ladleful. Cook until rice is al dente and mixture is a little loose. Now you can stir in your saffron with just a little stock, another spoon of butter and some grated parmesan cheese.

Cover and let sit 2-3 minutes, then serve.

Here in Lake Como we love to add some sauteed local minced sausage called luganiga on top of our risotto and to eat it while sipping some good red wine!

Do you like this recipe? Have you ever tried to make risotto?

Share your recipes with us in the comments and buon appetito from Lake Como!