I remember when I first made risotto years ago (before I really knew how to cook) and it was a disaster to say the least. It was overcooked, bland and really just bad. But, I love risotto, so I tried again and again and now, it's one of my favourite recipes to cook. I love the somewhat monotonous stirring that takes your attention. It forces you to focus on what you're doing and pay attention and for me, that's the enjoyable part. I've tried lots of different versions of risotto over the years, but when I keep it fairly simple, like in this cacio e pepe risotto it really produces the best results. I hope you love this risotto cacio e pepe version as much as I do.
Making any risotto is fairly easy, you really just have to pay attention., and don't overcook the rice. After about 15 minutes, you should be checking it to see if it's done, it shouldn't take longer than 20 minutes to cook.
Start by setting aside a small pot of chicken broth on the stove over medium-low heat to keep it warm. Although I've heard it doesn't matter if you add chicken broth from the fridge, it's still a habit for me to warm it up - it's your call.
Next, heat up a large skillet over medium-low heat and add the olive oil. Then cook your shallot for a few minutes and then add the garlic. Toss in the rice and toast it for a few minutes and then deglaze with the wine (if using) or use broth.
Now is the fun part, add in the chicken broth 1/2 cup at a time and keep stirring. Stir until the broth has been soaked up by the rice and then add more, until the rice is cooked through.
Fold in the parmesan, butter and mascarpone (off the heat) and stir to combine. Season with salt and add lots of fresh ground pepper.
Divide into bowls and serve with lemon wedges and a drizzle more of olive oil. Enjoy immediately!
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