Risotto with Tomatoes and Basil
Why This Recipe Works
After extensive testing, we learned that traditional risotto recipes are not sacred and can be simplified. For example, while Arborio is the preferred rice, other japonica-type varieties, such as Japanese short-grain rice and California-grown medium-grain rice, can be used in a risotto recipe. Also, the traditional method calls for hot liquid to be added to the rice, about one-half cup at a time. This requires constant stirring to keep the fairly dry rice from scorching. To save work, we found that we prefer a deluge-then-stir method that starts out with a lot of liquid. When the pot dries out, the remaining liquid is added in small increments.