I LOVE Risotto, so creamy and cheesy, but it can take a lot of patience. So be patient and get your greens in with this risotto recipe from Simply Recipes!
5 TBSP Butter, divided into 4 TBSP and 1 TBSP
1 Cup Chopped Yellow Onion
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1/2 TSP Italian Seasoning, like basil and parsley
2 Cups Risotto Rice, like arborio
1/2 Cup White Wine
5 Cups Chicken Stock
3/4 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
8 oz Baby Spinach, finely chopped
1 TSP Lemon Zest
1 TSP Lemon Juice
1/2 TSP Black Pepper
1/2 TSP Salt
Let’s Get Cooking
Add your stock to a saucepan and get it warmed up. While the stock is warming, prep your ingredients
Melt the 4 TBSP of butter into a wide saucepan on med-med high heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent. Once translucent, add in garlic + italian seasoning and cook for about a minute.
Add the risotto to the pan and coat with butter and onions. Let cook until the rice begins to get clear, about 2-3 minutes. Add in the white wine and stir into the rice, simmer until the wine is absorbed into the rice.
Add in the broth one ladle at a time, or about 1/2 cup. Gently stir after each ladle and do not add more until the liquid is absorbed. Continue until the risotto begins to get creamy and has a slight chew.
Once done, add in the butter + parmesan + spinach + lemon juice + lemon zest.
Serve immediately with a little more parmesan + salt + lots of black pepper.
While creating the future lesson plans for my dream counseling approach, Culinary Art Therapy, I am making sure that while touching on the topic of patience we will be making risotto. Patience is absolutely key when making risotto so make sure you know that going into this process or you are going to absolutely hate it. This is one of Antoni’s recipe… again. I’ve made this multiple times and it is always amazing.
7 Cups of Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
4 TBSP Unsalted Butter
1 Cup Finely Chopped Onion
1 1/2 Cup Arborio/Carnaroli Rice
1 1/2 Cup Champagne or Dry White Wine
3/4 Cup Grated Parmesan
1 TBSP Grated Lemon Zest
1 1/2 TBSP Lemon Juice
Fresh Ground Pepper
Let’s Get Cooking
Bring the chicken broth to a simmer over a medium heat, once hot reduce heat to low
In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in onion + 1/2 TSP salt. Stir the onions until they have softened and become almost translucent, about 8-10 min. Add in the rice and stir constantly until the rice starts to lighten in color, about 4 min. Add in the Champagne/Wine and increase heat to med-high heat, stir constantly until all the liquid has evaporated.
Once all the liquid is gone, add in 3/4 cup of the hot broth and stir gently, scrapping down the the edges of the pot as well, until all the liquid is absorbed. You’ll continue to add 3/4 cup at at time, allowing it to get absorbed each time until the rice becomes tender and slightly creamy. Keep a fork close by for taste testing but this is where the patience comes in.
Once the rice is at the proper texture, remove from heat. Add in cheese + lemon zest + lemon juice. Stir to make sure all the cheese is melted. Then add in salt and pepper.
To serve: place in small bowls & top with more cheese & pepper.