One-pot meals are suited to buffet-style entertaining: They are typically easy to eat without a knife and can be stretched enough to handle a last-minute guest or two. We like risotto because of its versatility—it can be a first or main course, and it can change with the seasons.
What to buy: Arborio is a variety of short-grain Italian rice with a high starch content. It can be found in gourmet grocery stores, in Italian markets, or online. You can substitute Carnaroli if you are having a hard time finding Arborio.
Use a dry, unoaked white wine like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.
Beverage pairing: Travaglini Gattinara, Piedmont, Italy. This wine is made from Nebbiolo and comes from the region of truffles and other foraged fungi. With mineral and tart cherry, as well as some earthy qualities, it’s a natural with wild mushrooms. Often older vintages can be found, which in this case helps the pairing.