When I was 18 years old, I did a modeling job in Venice, Italy — one of the world’s most incredible food cities. There’s a famous restaurant there called Harry’s Bar (yes, one of Venice’s best restaurants has an American name), which serves some of the most delectable food I’ve ever tried. The entire Italian film crew ordered heavenly dish after dish for us to share family style. Salads with rich burrata cheese, pizza margherita, pasta pomodoro and the first risotto that I ever tried. I had no idea what risotto was, but I knew that it was the closest thing to heaven I’d ever tasted. I was shocked at how something that appeared so simple could be so complex in flavor.
Risotto is a rice dish made specifically with arborio rice (easy to find at most grocery stores). The arborio rice is the essential ingredient that gives it such a creamy texture. Although most of the dishes on weelicious take minutes to prepare, I personally think the 30 minutes that it takes to continually stir this dish is totally worth it. Especially if your whole family is going to be eating it!


Risotto Milanese

No ratings yet
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 4 Cups chicken broth (preferably low sodium)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp onion, minced
  • 1 Cup Arborio Rice
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 Cup parmesan cheese



    Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 420mg | Fiber: 1g
    Did you make this recipe?Mention @Weelicious or tag #weelicious!

    About the Author

    Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


    1. I do trust all the ideas you’ve presented on your post. They are very convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are too brief for starters. May just you please lengthen them a bit from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

    2. I just finished this recipe and LOVED it! I add a cup of cubed sweet potato with the onions and it taste great. I can’t wait to watch my baby girl scarf it down.
      : ) Thank you!!

    3. This is such a good point, I just didn’t want to ask parents to buy saffron cause it can be kind of expensive.

    4. Hi Catherine, I’m Italian-born and grew up in Milan and I’m very familiar with this risotto dish. I just wanted to point out that you forgot to add one of the most important ingredient to this delicious dish…the saffron! That’s what makes the risotto very special and yellow! As you may know, saffron is very expensive but you only need a very small amount as it is a very intense spice. You add it at the very end, once the rice has cooked through. Good luck & happy cooking! (PS: I love your site!!)

    5. Sweet Pea Risotto | Weelicious ™ - Fast, Easy & Fresh Homemade Baby Food Babyfood Recipes and now Toddler Food too! says:

      […] criteria for being fast, easy, and fresh to make, but it’s too yummy not to try. After making risotto milanese several weeks ago, I went on a risotto making binge. Kenya 
ravenously ate up the milanese […]

    6. Hello! Thanks so much for this website! I love it! I love that everything is so easy and healthy! Thanks again!

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.

    Recipe Rating