Barolo Risotto

This may be the most delicious risotto I’ve ever hadde in my entire fucken life! The trick is that the sugars from the onions, carrots, and celery balances out the acid and bitterness from the wine.


olive oil
two cups carnaroli rice
3/4 cup diced red onion
3/8 cup diced carrot
3/8 cup diced celery
salt and pepper
splash bourbon
one and 1/4 cup barolo wine (or other high-quality full-bodied red wine)
three tablespoons diced prosciutto
one quart chicken stock, diluted 1:1 with water to make two quarts total
one cup grated parmigiano reggiano
two tablespoons butter
hard truffle cheese for grating on top
chopped flat-leaf parsley

Sautee onions, carrots, and celery with fresh-ground black pepper on low until very soft, but keep temperature low enough so they don’t brown.

Add the prosciutto and continue to sautee until the fat renders, again making sure not to brown.

Add the rice, stir very well to coat all the grains with oil, and toast for a few minutes, until it smells like toasted rice.

Deglaze with splash of bourbon and the wine, turn up heat, stir well, and reduce until all the alcohol burns off.

Turn heat back down to proper risotto cooking temperature and cook in the usual way, ladling in simmering broth and stirring until still crunchy in the very middle. Turn heat off, add the grated parmigiano and butter, and stir well to incorporate fully. Allow to rest while covered for a few minutes, and then add one more ladle of hot broth to loosen it up.

Plate it with some parsley and grated truffle cheese on top. The hard truffle cheese we have been loving lately is called Tuma del Trifulin.


  1. says

    That’s maybe why there is no barolo sitting around. Because you drink it before barolo has a chance to get used for cooking !. If it were chocolate instead I would also be right there in your “camp”.

  2. says

    True, bottles of wine don’t last too long around here, but what I meant was that barolo is too good and too expensive to cook with, although I’m sure the risotto is good, too.

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