Onion Risotto



Serving size

about 1 1/4 cups
30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied and will keep for about 48 hours in the refrigerator. Reheat gently.

Onion Risotto


2 tsp. Olive oil
1 large White onions (diced)
1/2 cup Arborio rice
3 cup Water
1/8 tsp. Salt
1 to taste Black pepper
1 ounce Parmesan cheese (grated)


Place the olive oil in the bottom of a large skillet.

Heat over medium and add the onion.

Cook gently, stirring frequently, until the onions begin to turn translucent.

Add the arborio rice and stir.

Cook for about 2 minutes and then add the salt and pepper.

Add the water.

Simmer on medium and check frequently to see how close the rice is to being done. Add more water if needed. The rice is done when it is still slightly firm but there is no grainy texture when chewed.

When the rice is almost done, add a little more water if needed and then add the parmesan.

Stir until the cheese is melted and serve.

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GERD / Acid Reflux

This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.


This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

Most of the risottos on this website are created as single pan meals and have some meat and veggies along with the rice. They are not completely traditional, because in Italy risotto is generally served as an appetizer course. On the other hand, in Spain paellas are complete meals. They are great because they are single pan, take about 30 minutes and most of the ingredients are those you can have on hand: Arborio rice, onions, olive oil, Parmigiano-Reggiano… you only need a few other things like some chicken or shrimp to make the meal.

This dish is a super simple version of risotto and is a perfect side dish. Serve it under a piece of broiled or grilled fish, a simple steak, or pork chop. Add a veg and you are good to go.

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