Arborio rice is a short-grain rice, originally from Italy. The rice is slightly off-white in color and more oval in shape than other grains (ex. jasmine rice). Once cooked, arborio rice is very creamy and slightly firm in texture.
Arborio rice is most commonly used when making risottos. A risotto can be simply rice, chicken stock and cheese. On the other hand, arborio rice absorbs flavor very well, so different flavor combinations are also delicious to make. Try a mushroom risotto or sweet pea risotto for added flavor and texture.