Monday, July 25, 2011

Recipe: Risotto Primavera

So, "primavera" means spring, but when I got my CSA share this week I immediately thought of this recipe.  So for me, it's gonna be Summer Risotto.  And people: do not fear the risotto!  It is surprisingly easy to make risotto.  I can make risotto while bouncing a toddler on my hip and watching "Jeopardy!" and I am a complete kitchen spazz.  Therefore, you can make risotto.  You do not have to babysit the risotto.  Just stir it frequently and don't let it go completely dry and you will be fine.  The end.

from The Pioneer Woman


  • 5 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 whole Large Onion Finely Diced
  • 3 whole Carrots, Peeled And Finely Diced
  • 1/2 cup Cauliflower Pieces
  • 1/2 cup Broccoli Pieces
  • 1 whole Yellow Squash or Zucchini, Finely Diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil (additional)
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter (additional)
  • 1-1/2 cup Arborio Rice
  • 1-1/2 cup Dry White Wine
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt (additional), More To Taste
  • 4 whole Green Onions, Thinly Sliced
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Peas
  • 4 ounces, weight Goat Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Fresh Dill, For Garnish
  • Optional Vegetables To Substitute For Any Of The Above: Mushrooms, Red Bell Pepper, Zucchini, Asparagus Pieces

Preparation Instructions

Pour chicken broth into a small saucepan. Heat to a simmer.
In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter. Add diced onions and diced carrots. Stir and cook for a minute or two. Add cauliflower and cook for a minute. Add broccoli and cook for 30 seconds. Add squash and cook for 30 seconds. Sprinkle in salt and stir. Remove from pan and put on a plate. Set aside.
Add 1 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter to the same pan. Heat over medium-low heat. Add rice and stir, cooking for 1 minute. Add half the wine and 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt. Stir and cook until liquid is absorbed. Over the next 30 to 45 minutes, add 1 cup of simmering broth at a time, stirring and cooking until each addition of broth has absorbed. Add other half of wine and cook until absorbed. Add green onions and peas, stirring to combine. Taste to make sure rice is the right texture; add another helping of broth if rice has too much bite to it. Check salt content and add more salt if necessary.
Once rice is cooked, remove from heat. Stir in goat cheese, Parmesan, and vegetables until all goat cheese is combined.
Serve on a plate with a sprig of dill.

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