Guest post with Manu’s Menu: Risotto alla scomorza

As you know at this point I am on vacation somewhere in South East Asia, actually if everything goes according to plan I should be in Bangkok.

So today I present you a guest post from one of the first blogger I started following regularly: Manu from Manu’s Menu. I found Manu’s blog early on my blogging days: I was looking at pics for pasta carbonara to get inspiration for one of my first pic and her photo immediately captured my attention. I followed the link and I discovered her wonderful blog.

As I started following her blog regularly I discovered she was also Italian and living far away from home. I also discovered how warm and supportive she is. She has been one of my early supporters and has always been encouraging and helpful leaving me more nice comments than I can count!

And, of course, I love her recipes: how could I not love them? I especially love how she is recreating hard to find Italian dishes like focacciapiadina, panini al latte and il panzerotto di luini (!!!) at home! I just wish I had her patience and her gift for photography.

Without further ado I give you MANU!!!

Risotto con scamorza affumicata

I was so thrilled when Pola asked me to write a post for her!  Why?!  Well, because I love her site.  We have many things in common: we are both Italians living abroad and trying (hard) to maintain our Italian culinary traditions in places where we cannot always find all the ingredients we have grown up using and eating.  It can be hard at times, but we also discover other cuisines along the way, which is great!  Anyhow, this time I decided to keep up our Italian tradition and prepare one of my favourite Italian dishes for her: risotto.  I found an authentic scamorza affumicata (smoked scamorza cheese) at the Italian store and I could not resist it.  I love this lightly smoky cheese, especially melted on pizza, in a sandwich and in… risotto.  Before I leave you to the recipe I want to THANK Pola for giving me the opportunity to be a guest over at her beautiful site and for being such a supportive and lovely fellow foodie and friend!  Enjoy!

Risotto alla scomorza

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings


  • 350 gms rice (Arborio, Carnaroli or Vialone nano)
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 glass white wine
  • 1 lt stock (preferably chicken or vegetable stock)
  • 180 gms smoked scamorza cheese, cubed
  • 30 gms butter
  • 50 gms Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper and more Parmigiano Reggiano finely grated to serve


  1. Start by putting the stock in a pot and heat it on the fire. The stock has to be hot all the time while you are cooking risotto, so that the rice temperature does not drop when you add the stock to it.
  2. Put the finely chopped onion and the extra virgin olive oil in a pot and let it cook on a slow fire, until the onion becomes soft and transparent.
  3. Add the rice, mix well and let it cook for 1 or 2 minutes, until it becomes translucent.
  4. Now pour in the white wine and let the alcohol burn off by cooking on a high flame.
  5. Then add enough stock to cover the rice and turn the fire to medium-low.
  6. Keep cooking, occasionally stirring the rice and adding stock little by little, until the rice is cooked. It is going to take approximately 18 to 20 minutes depending on the rice you are using.
  7. When the rice is ready, put the fire off and add the chopped smoked scamorza, butter and Parmigiano Reggiano to it.
  8. Mix very well, until the cheese melts and the rice becomes creamy. Make sure that your risotto is moist (or, as we say, all’onda – which literally means wavy) and not sticky. You can do that by adding 1 or 2 extra tbsp of stock if needed. Check for salt and season to your liking.
  9. Serve with some more grated Parmigiano Reggiano and a sprinkle of freshly ground pepper on the top.
  10. NOTE
  11. Whenever you cook risotto, do not wash the rice before cooking. The starch is needed for the risotto to become creamy.

Thanks again Pola! Please, pass by An Italian Cooking in the Midwest and take your time to browse all the mouth-watering recipes that Pola has posted! You’ll get so hungry!!! Just enough to cook some risotto! 😉

You can also follow Manu on Twitter, Facebook and Foodbuzz!

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13 Responses to Guest post with Manu’s Menu: Risotto alla scomorza

  1. Frank says:

    I absolutely adore scamorza but never thought to use it in risotto. Thanks for the tip—this looks delicious!

  2. Lori Lynn says:

    Love the idea of a smoky risotto!

  3. Roz from 'la bella vita' says:

    Just found your blog and loving it! I'm all Italian too and from the Midwest (now living in the South). I can't wait to read all of your posts! Now a follower and would be honored with a follow back so we can share and chat about Italian recipes, culture and the Midwest.

    I spent two summers in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand. Thai cuisine is my SECOND favorite cuisine! Enjoy your trip to that special place!

  4. Sandra says:

    So great that you two teamed up..this looks so tasty Manuela!
    Pola wonderful guest post! Thumbs up for picking one of my favorite bloggers to guest post!!

  5. Claudia says:

    Oh! A cheese-centric risotto. I am in love!

  6. Aroma y Cocina says:

    I am glad with your comment about Manu. I must add it is really true how she always have good comments and encourages other bloggers even from the beggining for us. I like this combination.Manu you are always wellcome.

  7. Kimby says:

    Hi, Pola! Hope you're having a lovely time. This was a great guest post and I enjoyed visiting Manu's website. Looking forward to more of your writing and cooking (and your 7 Links!) when you return. Take care!

  8. ✰Ꮮуռ էяɨռɨא (ᵐᵋˢˢᵞ ᴻ ᶜʱᵋᵋᵏᵞ)✰ says:

    Great guest post, Manu and Pola! 😀
    I love Manu's Menu and she's a very great friend who always gives so supportive and encouraging words! 😀
    Hope you're enjoying to the fullest for your vacation, Pola! Nice to know you too! ;D

  9. Lizzy says:

    Any friend of Manu is a friend of mine! Hope you're having a great holiday~

  10. Manu says:

    Paola!!! Thanks for having me over! I love being your guest! 😉 Thank you so much for your sweet words… you made me blush! hehehe I am sure you are having a great time on holiday (lucky girl!). Can't wait to have you back though (I know… I am a bit selfish! ;-P)!

  11. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    I wish I knew what smoked scamorza tastes like… I haven't tried that cheese yet, but I usually like smoked cheese…. and this is risotto with smoked cheese. I know I'll love this! Great post Manu!! And Paola, I hope you are having fun in SE Asia!

  12. Rach @ This Italian Family says:

    Visiting from Manu's blog! Love her recipes and ideas! 🙂

  13. Giulietta @ Alterkitchen says:

    Well well well, I love smoked scamorza.. so I'll totally make this risotto when the weather will be colder 😉

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