One of the best dishes to master is classic risotto. It’s simple, easy to personalize, and always a crowd-pleaser. We call for Arborio rice, a short, starchy Italian variety that provides the perfect consistency, unless you overcook it—the most common risotto woe. To avoid a soggy result, be sure to slowly add the stock and, as always, taste as you go. You’re looking for a smooth, creamy consistency that still has bite and texture.