Nonna Mary’s White Rice

Il Riso di Nonna Mary

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Serves


    as a side dish

Appears in

How to Cook Italian

How to Cook Italian

By Giuliano Hazan

Published 2005

  • About

This is how my grandmother used to cook rice, and it’s a foolproof easy recipe. I use the same rice I use for risotto, which comes out slightly sticky but I love its starchy flavor. It’s also good with basmati rice or good plain white rice.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • cups rice
  • cups water
  • Salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Put the butter in an ovenproof pot and melt over medium-high heat. Add the rice and stir until it is well coated. Add the water and season with salt. When the water begins to bubble, cover the pot and place in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand, covered, for 3 to 5 minutes before serving.