A classic of Italian cuisine, a refined and delicious
To prepare it to perfection and obtain a creamy,
au-lait risotto, a few basic steps such as roasting and deglazing must be
observed. Thanks to the use of pistils, then, you get an even tastier risotto.
How to use our saffron pistils?
Lightly crush the stigmas (pistils) and steep them in
a little lukewarm water (about a coffee cup) for at least 40 minutes.
Add to the dish at the half/full cooking time and stir
A quantity of 17 stigmas is sufficient for 1 person.
Ingredients for 4 persons
Saffron pistils (about 40/50 pistils)
320 g Carnaroli quality rice
125 g butter
80 g grated cheese
40 g white wine
1 l vegetable stock
salt to taste
First place the pistils in a small glass, pour water
over them (the pistils must be completely covered) and leave to infuse for at
least 40 minutes.
In the meantime, prepare the vegetable stock (you can
also use a stock cube as an alternative).
Finely slice the onion and melt 50 g of butter in a
suitable pan (the rest will be used for stirring the risotto); as soon as it
has melted, add the onion and brown until golden.
Now it is time to add the rice: toast it well for 3
minutes, then deglaze with the wine and let it evaporate well. Add a ladleful
of stock at a time and stir continuously, allowing it to absorb well before
adding more stock (this will take about 18-20 minutes, depending on the quality
of the rice).
About 5 minutes before the end of cooking time, add
the water with the pistils and stir well.
When cooked, turn off the heat and add the cheese and
the remaining butter and stir; let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
Garnish with a few saffron pistils if desired!