Easy French Onion Risotto. This video recipe dispels the myth that risotto is difficult to prepare. A little time and patience are all that 's needed and practically no skill at all.

French Onion Risotto – a video recipe.

Inspired by French Onion Soup, this simple recipe shows that risotto is not that difficult to make after all.
Course Appetizer, Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine French Inspired, Italian Inspired
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 367 kcal


  • 1 large Spanish onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice no substitutes
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups of low sodium beef stock
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Gruyere cheese Asiago is good too
  • 2 tbsp butter optional
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  1. Add the beef stock and red wine to a small saucepan and bring to a very slow simmer. Maintain the stock at a boiling temperature.
  2. While the stock heats, add heat the oil over medium low heat in a separate saucepan and add the onions. Slowly saute the onions for about 10-15 minutes until they slow turn a golden color. Don't rush this stage. season with a little salt and pepper.
  3. Stir in the garlic and then add the rice. Saute together for 3-5 minutes to completely coat the rice.
  4. Add one cup of the stock/wine mixture and stir in. Adjust the heat so that the risotto very slowly simmers.
  5. Continue to stir the risotto constantly as it begins to thicken. After about 5 minutes, when the risotto begins to thicken add another cup of the stock/wine mixture. Repeat this process about 4 times.
  6. Taste the risotto to see if the risotto is fully cooked and to see if the risotto needs any more seasoning. Add a little more stock and continue to stir if the rice is still a little hard.
  7. Add the fresh thyme and cheese and stir in until smooth. Add the butter here if you would like to add a little extra richness to the risotto but that's completely optional.
  8. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Facts
French Onion Risotto – a video recipe.
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 367 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 497mg 21%
Potassium 505mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 6.8%
Vitamin C 6.7%
Calcium 11.8%
Iron 12.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.