Kid-Friendly Italian Risotto alle Mele Apple

Apple risotto
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
684 Calories
31g Fat
83g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 684
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 14g 72%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 655mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 83g 30%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Protein 14g
Calcium 149mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Apples are extraordinarily versatile in the kitchen. Though they are most commonly associated with pork in savory dishes (in Italy too), they work quite nicely in this apple risotto. While not necessarily a "children's dish," this sweet rice is certain to delight children of all ages.


  • 1 3/4 cups short-grained rice (such as Arborio or Carnaroli)
  • 1/2 pound apples (golden, peeled, cored, cut into shavings)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 small onion (peeled and chopped)
  • 1/2 cup almonds (peeled and chopped)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup white wine (dry and warmed)
  • 1 quart meat broth (kept at a simmer, or unsalted bouillon or vegetable broth)
  • 4 tablespoons Parmigiano (freshly grated)
  • 2/5 cup/100 milliliters heavy cream
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat a walnut-sized chunk of butter in a pot. When it is melted and begins to bubble, add the onion.

  2. Cook, stirring until the onion becomes translucent then add the shaved apples. Sprinkle the lemon juice throughout.

  3. While you are doing this, heat another chunk of butter in a second pot (large enough to cook the risotto in). When it begins to bubble, add the rice, and cook, stirring, until the grains become translucent.

  4. Add the heated wine (you can simply microwave it), stir until it has evaporated, and add the apple mixture, together with the first ladle of broth.

  5. Check the seasoning, and continue to cook until the rice reaches the firm-but-chewy al dente stage, stirring gently and adding broth as the rice absorbs it.

  6. At this point, turn off the heat, stir in the remaining butter and the cream, and cover the pot for two minutes.

  7. Divvy the apple risotto into 4 bowls, dust them with the grated cheese, give them a grating of pepper, and serve at once. 

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