How to Cook With Arborio Rice

By Kathryn Hatashita-Lee

Named for the town in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy, Arborio rice produces a creamy texture when cooked. Fatter than other types of rice, this short-grained rice has a high starch content. Cooking Arborio rice requires adding liquid a small amount at a time and constantly stirring to release starches and increase creaminess. One cup of cooked Arborio contains approximately 242 calories, 4.4 grams of protein and 2.8 milligrams of iron. Cooked Arborio can complement any meal as a nutritious breakfast cereal, salad base, soup, casserole or dessert.

Arborio rice provides the essential ingredient for risotto recipes.


Step 1

Pour one cup of Arborio rice into a heavy saucepan.

Step 2

Add approximately one cup of water. Bring the contents to a boil on high. Reduce the setting to medium.

Step 3

Stir the rice and water constantly.

Step 4

Add more water approximately one cup at a time as the rice absorbs the water. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes. A creamy consistency with a firm center in the grain will develop.

Breakfast with Arborio Rice

Step 1

Add berries to the cooked Arborio rice, served warm or cold, for a delicious breakfast.

Step 2

Swirl a sweetener such as maple syrup or honey.

Step 3

Top the Arborio rice with soy milk or rice milk.