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Risotto alla Milanese is a creamy saffron risotto that’s perhaps Milan’s most famous dish. Infused with the earthy flavor and golden tones of saffron, risotto Milanese comes together easily and never fails to impress.
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Simply put, Risotto Milanese is nothing more than classic Italian risotto spiked with saffron. But adding that one wonder spice makes all the difference.
The same crimson threads that give paella and joojeh kabob their signature golden hue and flavor transform risotto Milanese into the color of a Mediterranean sunset. Just a pinch adds an unmistakable, alluring element—faintly sweet and floral, but also slightly pungent and smoky.
This is a fairly traditional Italian saffron risotto alla Milanese recipe that’s both light and comforting, perfect for every season.