Champagne risotto

Here is a really nice variation on John’s Saffron risotto. The champagne brings a delicate sweetness to the rice. Better yet you can sip the leftover champagne while you are stirring that risotto.


  • 8 cups chicken broth (aprox)
  • 2 cups dry champagne (use the cheap stuff)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 3 pinches saffron threads
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • large Dutch oven
  • saucepan
  • ladle


  1. In a saucepan, bring chicken broth to a simmer. Add the champagne and keep warm over low heat.
  2. In a large saute pan, melt butter over medium heat.
  3. Add oil and rice and cook for 2 minutes, stirring to coat each grain.
  4. When rice begins to make a crackling sound, add saffron threads.
  5. Add 1 cup of the warm chicken broth and cook, stirring, until the rice has absorbed the liquid.
  6. Add the remaining broth, 1 cup at a time. Continue to stir, allowing the rice to absorb each addition of broth before adding more. Test the rice for doneness, it should be al dente but creamy. (stop adding stock when rice is done)
  7. Remove risotto from heat, add grated cheese, salt and pepper.

What you should know

Be warned that you will spend a good 20-30 minutes near the stove stirring in the warm broth. This requires a little bit of patience, but it will pay off in nice creamy risotto.

Re: Champagne risotto

I don’t have Arborio rice. Can I use regular white rice?

Re: Champagne risotto

I wouldn’t recommend it. The recipe is designed to take advantage of the starchy Aborio rice and the way it turns into a smooth creamy delight. Regular white rice will simply turn mushy.

Re: Champagne risotto