Cascina Belvedere Risotto, Carnaroli Rice

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Carnaroli is a plump, short-grained Italian white rice. It is also known as the "Caviar of rice". Carnaroli, arborio, and Vialone Nano are rice suitable for risotto recipes. This oval grain contains the highest concentration of starch resulting in superior texture when making a velvety risotto. Because of its thickness, the rice keeps al dente even after cooking, making it the preferred choice for top chefs.

Cascina Belvedere Risotto, Carnaroli Rice is more forgiving than other varieties of Italian rice. Its high starch content allows it to plump up to three times its size when cooked, absorbing large amounts of liquid (and flavor!)while still holding its shape.

Carnaroli rice works particularly well with seafood, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and truffle oil. A versatile ingredient, Carnaroli rice also works perfectly for paella, sushi, and rice salads, and is a delight for pastry chefs to use in desserts like traditional Italian torta di riso (rice cake), or a more modern vanilla rice pudding with mixed berries.

So do yourself a favor and keep an eye out for carnaroli the next time you plan to make risotto. (Cook between 15 and 17 minutes for a nice result.)