Order is key, and with risotto, it's important to add things in stages. Start off with the aromatics — like onions, shallots, or scallions. Cook them for a few minutes in some olive oil, until they're translucent and fragrant. Then, add some veggies (if you're using any), garlic, herbs, a knob of butter, and cook for a few minutes until the veggies are tender. Last, add your rice.