“You so fancy” Risotto

you so fancy risotto

Guest post by Mary Katherine of Mom Babble


I really love risotto. I love that it’s a carb. I love that it’s affordable. And I love that it seems to grow as you cook it like one of those Dollar Tree Sponge Animals.

It’s also rice…but so much more impressive. 

“I’m making rice for dinner.”

No thanks.

“I’m making risotto for dinner.”

Heck yah! I’ll be right over! 

So tonight I’m excited to share my absolute favorite risotto recipe. It’s fresh, flavorful, and well..it’s not exactly a dry dish. 

That’s right–bust out the white wine, ladies–it’s time to cook!

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Risotto Margherita
Serves 3-4. Unless your husband eats like mine.


You’ll need:
– I bag of Virgo Arborio rice
– 1 leek
– Fresh basil
– 1 box of chicken stock
– 1 small tub of cherry/grape tomatoes
– 1 tub of boncinni mozzarella
– A cup of white wine (optional)
– Minced garlic
– Olive oil or butter

Note: You will not use up all of these ingredients, so you can actually double the recipe by adding a second bag of rice and more chicken stock!

Let’s Cook!

Dice two inches of leek.
Cut tomatoes into halves.
Cut mozzarella balls into pieces. (They are going to melt, so don’t make em pretty)


Place skillet on medium-high heat. Wet the pan with either butter or olive oil.

Toss leek bits into the pan with a heaping spoonful of minced garlic.

Stir bits until they are browned and aromatic.


Add dry arborio rice. Stir the ingredients for about one minute, adding olive oil if they stick.

After ingredients are well integrated, the fun begins. Add 1/2 cup of wine. Stir until absorbed. Add another 1/2 cup of wine. Stir until absorbed. Now add 1/2 cup of chicken stock, stir until absorbed and repeat repeat repeat. You will use the entire box of chicken stock. Don’t flood the pan. Just take it easy.



Now go ahead and cut the basil into flecks. There is a special name for this, but I don’t know it. Use scissors.

Note: This is a dish that has to be stirred a lot. I usually make it at nap time and then reheat it at dinner. It’s sooo good reheated.

You will notice the rice, er, risotto expanding. Check the consistently. When it is soft, remove from heat and immediately add remaining ingredients.

Stir well and serve.