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National Risotto Day With Riso Bello

Today is National Risotto Day- like I need a reason to eat more carbs 🙂

Making it is one of the greatest cooking challenges there is. Though risotto is always served perfectly al dente, the emblematic Italian dish offers endless meal possibilities. As a side or a main, with veggies, shrimps, chicken or sausages.

About Riso Bello

For six generations, Riso Gallo (the name of the brand internationally) has united families around the table in more than 77 countries around the globe. As one of the oldest rice-growing companies in Italy, dating back to 1856, Riso Gallo is the #1 brand of risotto in Italy and leading producer of premium quality Italian and ready-made risotto in the world. Enjoyed by everyone from Michelin starred chefs to home cooks, Riso Gallo sells more than 50 million boxes of risotto every year!

Riso Gallo’s authentic Italian products have been available in Canada under the brand name Riso Bello for 15 years. The brand is dedicated to offer Canadians authentic, delicious, nutritious and easy to prepare dishes and countless meal possibilities.

The Arborio and Carnaroli rices are great for when you have some time to spare, and the Risotto Pronto flavours are for just the opposite. Both produce a tasty, creamy risotto.

Riso Bello can be purchased in Sobey’s or Metro grocery stores.

I love all kinds of riosotto so I was excited to try the Riso Bello Risotto .  My husband is Italian so I have had my fair share of risotto.  I was sent the Risotto Pronto and and the Risotto Carnaroli to try out.

The first one we tried was the Riso Bello Risotto Pronto in Four Cheese.


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I wasn’t sure how my family would like the Risotto Pronto as in their eyes, risotto is not instant risotto.   They know it takes a lot of stirring and frankly you can probably build your bicep from all the stirring.   To my surprise, I loved it and so did they.  We tried the Quattro Formaggi (four cheese) flavoured risotto.  It took approximately 12 minutes to cook, it was ready in a flash.  We had this as a side dish.  It was delicious and creamy just like regular risotto.  If I didn’t tell my family that this was instant risotto, they would of never known – it would of been my secret.

Since we had the Riso Bello Risotto Pronto for lunch I decided to use the Risotto Carnaroli as a dessert dish.  I love dessert rice dishes.  I found this great coconut rice recipe.

Coconut Risotto

Serves 6-8

  • 250grams Arborio rice (2½ cups)
  • 1liter coconut milk (4 cups)
  • 80grams brown sugar (⅓ cup)
  • ¼teaspoons vanilla powder
  • Optional: lemon or lime zest
  1. In a large saucepan, combine all the ingredients and bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until the rice is tender and the sauce is thick and creamy, about 30-40 minutes.
  3. Let cool slightly.
  4. Spoon the risotto into bowls, garnish with toasted coconut or cinnamon, and serve. (recipe from

They were both delicious.  I am looking forward to trying the other Risotto Pronto flavours.

What is your favourite risotto dish?

Bon Appetit




Thursday 12th of January 2017

That looks so delicious, risotto is definitely one of my favorites even though it does take a lot of time stirring it thoroughly lol. My go-to is usually shrimp risotto :)

xo, JJ

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