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Risotto alla Burro Tartufo di Alba

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Serves 6 | Prep Time | Cook Time 18

Why I Love This Recipe

Risotto with white truffles is a specialty of Piedmont, in northern western Italy. Arborio rice from the Po River Valley is the key to this food of the gods, although carnaroli will work as well. When it is lavished with the noble white truffle of Alba, the intoxicating aroma is truly decadent. This is a dish to spoil your guests with. Careful though, they may never leave. And, if you can afford it… This would be fantastic garnished with just a few shavings of white truffle. (sigh) Someday.....

Perfectly paired with pan seared Duck Breast, a Frisee salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette and a bottle of Caramel Road Pinot Noir from Monterey, CA

Ingredients You'll Need

2 1/2 – 3 1/2 cups Chicken Stock (or Lamb or Duck)
1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Shallot, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cups Arborio, Carnaroli or Vialone Nano rice
1/4 cup Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc
1/4 cup grated Parmagiano-Reggiano cheese,
plus more for serving
2 Tbs. white truffle butter, plus more for serving
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the broth to simmer. Reduce the heat to low and keep the broth warm.

In a risotto pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil.

Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes.

Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.

Add the rice and stir until the grains are translucent enough to see the white spot in the center of the grain, about 3 minutes.

Add the wine and stir until absorbed, about 2 minutes.

Begin adding the broth 1 ladleful (1/4 cup) at a time, stirring frequently after each addition. Wait until the broth is almost completely absorbed before adding more.

When the rice is tender but firm to the bite, after 18 to 20 minutes, stir in the 1/4 cup cheese, then the 2 TB white truffle butter.

Season with salt and pepper.

Cover and let stand for 3 minutes before serving

Serve the risotto in individual bowls and top each portion with about 1/2 tsp. truffle butter - or - white truffle shavings if you can.

Pass more cheese at the table.

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