Saffron Cheese Risotto

A plate of creamy risotto topped with shaved parmesan cheese and a drizzle of sauce, garnished with cracked black pepper.

The combination of creamy cheese and saffron is incredible. Saffron Cheese Risotto is a very easy recipe, in less than twenty minutes you will be able to prepare a perfect dish for everyone. Saffron Cheese Risotto is an iconic dish of Italian cuisine, loved for its delicate flavor and richness of colors. Making a perfect risotto may seem challenging. But by following a few simple steps, you can’t go wrong. A perfect recipe for a romantic dinner with your significant other or to impress friends invited to dinner.

Tips & Tricks

The cheese cream is very easy to make, the important thing is not to let the cream boil.

If the temperature is too high, the cream will separate, and you will have to start over.

Keep the temperature under control and mix well.

You can use all types of cheese to make the cream.

If using hard cheese, cut it into small pieces or grate it before adding it to the saucepan.

Temperature is crucial in this recipe. Keep the temperature medium-low throughout.

The optimal rice for risotto is Arborio or Carnaroli.

You don’t need to use expensive white wine.

You can use either vegetable broth or chicken or beef broth.

Taste the rice often to check for doneness and saltiness.

Like many recipes in Italian tradition, there are many variations, so don’t be afraid to experiment with what you like best.

How to Store Saffron Cheese Risotto

Saffron Cheese Risotto is a dish that should be eaten immediately and served hot. However, there are many recipes to creatively and deliciously use leftover risotto.

Ingredients for Saffron Cheese Risotto

Saffron Cheese Risotto is a recipe that enhances the flavor of saffron and cheese cream. As with all recipes with few ingredients, it’s best to select high-quality ingredients.

Saffron: There’s no problem using saffron powder. Saffron threads can be very expensive or hard to find.

Rice: The rice should be Arborio or Carnaroli. You can recognize it by its short, wide grain.

Broth: You can also use store-bought broth without any problems. Making broth at home has the advantage of being able to customize it more for taste and intensity.

Cheese: You can use all types of cheese according to your taste. A cheese that pairs well with Saffron Cheese Risotto is scamorza with the addition of Parmesan. Too intense or smoked cheeses could overpower the saffron flavor.

Saffron Cheese Risotto

Saffron Cheese Risotto is a very easy recipe, in less than twenty minutes you will be able to prepare a perfect dish for everyone.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes


  • 2 1/2 cup Cream
  • 5 oz Scamorza cheese
  • 1 l Vegetable broth
  • 1 cup Carnaroli rice
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Saffron powder
  • 1.5 oz Parmesan cheese
  • Pepper
  • 10 gr Salt
Servings 4 people


Cheese Cream Preparation

  • In a saucepan, heat the cream over medium heat.
  • Add the cheese.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Whisk well until the sauce is smooth.
  • Store the sauce in a tightly closed container.

Risotto Preparation

  • In a high-sided pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the Arborio or Carnaroli rice.
  • Toast the rice well, using a spatula, for 2/3 minutes.
  • Deglaze with a glass of white wine.
  • Let the wine evaporate while stirring the rice often.
  • Add vegetable broth to cover the rice.
  • Add saffron powder or saffron threads.
  • Season with salt.
  • Continue cooking the rice for 15 minutes, adding broth when the rice becomes too dry.
  • When the rice is cooked, remove from heat and add butter, Parmesan cheese, and half a ladle of broth.
  • Mix well until the risotto is creamy and glossy.
  • Serve on a plate as desired, adding the cheese cream as desired.

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