Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Vegetable Risotto

By now you probably know how much I love risotto. For this one, I used what I had on hand. A few mushrooms, some fresh zucchini and asparagus along with some frozen peas I had tucked away in the freezer just itching to be used up. As most of you I am sure, I've been glued to the television set all day and wanted to keep dinner simpler on this historical Inaugural day. Grilled pork chops, risotto, homemade applesauce, a garden salad and dinner was served. And for dessert.. spumoni with claret sauce..gotta have dessert!

5-6 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 medium shallot, diced fine
2 cups Arborio rice
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 cup fresh asparagus tips
1/2 cup finely chopped zucchini
3/4 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
3/4 cup frozen peas
2 TBLS chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
2 TBLS fresh basil
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
sea salt & ground pepper to taste

Heat broth in a medium saucepan and keep it warm. Melt butt in a larger saucepan. Once butter begins to foam, add shallots. Heat until soft. Add rice and mix well. When rice is coated with butter, add wine. Cook on medium heat until wine has evaporated. Stir in 2 ladles of chicken broth, or enough to cover the rice. Stir until broth has been absorbed. Continue cooking and stirring rice, adding broth a little at a time, about 10 minutes. Add asparagus tips, zucchini, mushrooms and peas. Cook about 10 minutes longer until rice is done. The rice should be tender but firm to the bite. Remove pan from heat. Add basil, parsley, 2/3rds of cheese and 1 TBLS butter. Mix it all well. Season with sea salt & fresh ground pepper. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top if desired and serve.
You might also like to try wild mushroom risotto, lemon saffron risotto, or my lobster risotto. Yes, I'm really hooked on risotto's! Enjoy!


Karen said...

Mmm, looks good Jady. I love all the 'green stuff' in there! I made risotto a while back with butternut squash, maybe you saw it on my blog. It was so delicious it was almost like eating a dessert! I enjoyed all day yesterday watching the inauguration and well into the night will all the inaugural balls. Poor Mrs. Obama... she had trouble with her beautiful dress getting in the way of her dancing - and even walking at times! Looking forward to see what our new president has up his sleeve ;)

YankeeSoaper said...

Thanks Karen. Roasted butternut risotto is also another fave of mine too! Just haven't had the time to post it up. I'll be sure to check yours out. Quite a day for many yesterday.. and wasn't Mrs. Obama elegant in that lovely gown? When they danced to 'At last' I was so happy for them. Time will only tell what's ahead for us all.:)

The Italian Dish said...

And that's the beauty of risotto - you can make it with whatever you have on hand!