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Mastering Sous Vide Risotto

Mastering Sous Vide Risotto
Mastering Sous Vide Risotto

Sous Vide Spring Risotto

Here in the Pacific Northwest, spring heralds a season of vibrant produce and the promise of exquisite culinary delights. As the farmers markets brim with fresh asparagus, spring peas, and leeks, the kitchen becomes a canvas for creativity. One dish that perfectly captures the essence of the season is sous vide risotto, a creamy, comforting meal that’s both indulgent and fresh with the flavors of spring.


Embracing the art of precision cooking, sous vide risotto ensures every grain of Arborio rice is cooked to al dente perfection. The methodical nature of sous vide cooking marries well with the delicate balance required for a flawless risotto. It's a symphony of tastes where salty parmesan and sweet spring vegetables dance in harmony, complemented by the rich, tangy notes of sun-dried tomatoes.


The beauty of preparing risotto sous vide lies in its simplicity and precision. Gone are the days of constant stirring and guesswork. Sous vide cooking allows you to seal your ingredients with confidence, knowing that the result will be consistently exceptional. The Vertical Vac Elite vacuum sealer becomes an indispensable ally in this process, adeptly handling the liquid components of the dish without a hitch.


Whether you're enjoying this sous vide risotto as a hearty main on a meat-free day or pairing it with a succulent sous vide chicken breast, the dish is a celebration of spring that will delight any palate. But what sets this sous vide risotto apart is not just the technique; it's the journey of flavors that are brought forth through precise temperature control, allowing each ingredient to express its fullest potential.


As we delve deeper into the nuances of creating the perfect sous vide risotto, it's important to understand the transformative power of this cooking method. By cooking the risotto at a consistent temperature, you unlock a texture and creaminess that is unparalleled. The grains of rice absorb the broth fully, creating a harmonious blend of flavors that are both bold and subtle.


Let's explore the steps to achieve this culinary masterpiece, ensuring that your sous vide risotto becomes the star of any dining experience.


Crafting the Perfect Sous Vide Spring Risotto
Serves 4
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins


  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 leek, chopped (white and green parts)
  • ½ cup (120 mL) dry white wine
  • 1 cup (90 g) Arborio rice
  • 2 cups (600 mL) chicken or vegetable broth
  • 6 stalks thin asparagus, woody parts removed and diced into 1 inch pieces
  • 3/4 cups (4 oz) shelled spring peas
  • 1 tsp (1 g) salt
  • ½ tsp (.5 g) freshly cracked black pepper
  • ¼ cup (½ oz) sun dried tomatoes, julienned
  • ⅓ cup (33 grams) grated Parmesan
  • 2 tbsp (8 g) roughly chopped fresh parsley



Preheat your precision cooker to 185 degrees F (85 degrees C) to begin your sous vide risotto journey.


In a saucepan, warm the olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the minced garlic and leek, sautéing until they release their aromatic essence and the leek softens, setting the stage for a flavorful risotto sous vide.


Pour in the dry white wine, allowing it to simmer and reduce slightly, about 2 minutes. This step infuses the risotto with a depth of flavor that complements the freshness of the spring vegetables.


Combine the Arborio rice, chicken or vegetable broth, asparagus, spring peas, salt, pepper, and the cooled leek and garlic mixture in a bag designed for vacuum sealing. Employ the Vertical Vac Elite to expertly seal the bag, ensuring no air remains to disrupt the sous vide cooking process.


Place the sealed bag into the water bath, letting the sous vide risotto cook for a full 40 minutes. During this time, the ingredients will meld together, each flavor infusing the rice with the essence of spring.


Upon completion, carefully remove the bag from the water bath. Open it and pour the contents into a serving dish. It's time to add the sun dried tomatoes and freshly grated Parmesan, which bring a new layer of umami and richness to the dish.


Finish by garnishing your sous vide risotto with a sprinkle of fresh parsley for a pop of color and freshness. Serve immediately and watch as this dish becomes the highlight of your culinary spring celebrations. Revel in the knowledge that your sous vide risotto not only embodies the spirit of spring but also showcases your commitment to precision and quality in the kitchen.