Stirring stuff: master the basic technique and you will soon be a dab hand at risottos - which can be varied to suit a wide range of ingredients. And, for those who prefer a lazier option, follow Delia's recipes for wonderful oven-baked risotto...
Like souffles, risottos won't wait, so serve immediately on warmed plates
Keep your eye on the risotto as it simmers, adding stock a ladle at a time and your patience will be rewarded.
Prawns, lobster bisque, Gruyere cheese and sherry combine perfectly in this easy cheat's version of a risotto - baked in the oven, so no tedious stirring! Yet what could be more luxurious than this at a special meal for two?
Who says risotto has to be stirred? Well, yes, if it's a classic one, but this tastes every bit as good and is just left to its own devices on the hob. Brilliant with braised meat dishes and casseroles.
Although risotto is usually savoury, think rice pudding and you'll get the point of this lovely, unusual chocolate dessert.
Funny, isn't it, how a bit of lateral thinking can often result in something ingenious? Here Delia has applied the classic carbonara ingredients of cream, bacon and cheese to a risotto...with superb results!
Asparagus should be enjoyed as often as possible during its short season and this is one of the finest ways of doing so: a risotto made from asparagus, broad beans, spring onions and chives – a real taste of early summer.
If you're put off making risotto because of all that stirring, help is at hand: this lovely oven-baked combination of rice, leeks and pancetta sits happily in the oven and is just as good as the classic version.
Yes, smoked fish is expensive, but you'll find that a little goes a long way in this luxurious supper dish for two, so go on - why not treat yourself?
This wonderful, oven-baked risotto is a treat for vegetarians and slimmers alike: Delia has unearthed an ingredient that adds creaminess without calories. Bet you can't guess what it is!
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