I was so excited when I saw that Jessica, who blogs over at A Singleton in the Kitchen, chose Garden Risotto for this week's CEiMB recipe. I have made lots of risotto in the past couple months and was interested to see how Ellie's recipe compared to some of my favorites.
Before I had tried making risotto, I thought it must be difficult because people always talked about it in a way that made it seem impossible to make at home. So not true.
I think it is easy to make. You just have to make sure that you stir. Plus, most the risotto recipes I have tried have been ready in about 30 minutes.
I don't even bother warming the broth because one of the recipes I made said it wasn't necessary. Anything I can do to lessen the amount of dishes there are, I will do it.
This risotto was uncomplicated. I liked that it had lots of veggies. I probably added 3x as much spinach as it called for because we liked spinach and it wilts away into almost nothing anyway.
Was this my favorite risotto I have ever tried? No. I would have to say that title belongs to the Butternut one or the Beet one or the one with steel-cut oats.
Or maybe the one with quinoa . Nevermind. I don't have a favorite.
This was a good solid risotto recipe. If I make this recipe again, I will leave out the peas. They added just a little bit too much sweetness. To see what everyone else thought check out the Blogroll!
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
3/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 lightly packed cups baby spinach leaves
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 pound asparagus, steamed and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Bring the broth to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan over moderately low heat and cook the onion, stirring occasionally, until soft, 3 to 5 minutes.
Add the spinach and peas and cook until the spinach is wilted. Add the asparagus and cook just until the vegetables are hot. Stir in the Parmesan and more broth if the risotto seems too thick. Serve in soup plates.