Monday, April 18, 2016

"Meatless Monday" Recipe of the Week - Spring Risotto

This week's Meatless Monday Recipe of the Week is Spring Risotto. Asparagus, onions, spinach, and Parmesan-Reggiano make up the fresh Vegetarian Dish. You can find this recipe along with all the other delicious and healthy recipes at the PBS/Recipe website.

Spring Risotto

This Spring Risotto recipe features asparagus, onions, spinach, and Parmesan-Reggiano.

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1/4 pound asparagus, trimmed and chopped
1/2 cup packed fresh spinach
2 spring onions, white and pale green parts sliced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
3/4 cup Arborio rice
1/4 cup white wine
2 to 3 cups warm vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan-Reggiano
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Zest from 1/2 lemon

1 - In a medium saucepan, set over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of butter. When melted, add the asparagus, spinach, onions, garlic cloves and pinch of salt. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until asparagus and spinach are bright green. Transfer to a food processor and pulse until mixture looks like a puree. If you need to, feel free to add a splash or two of chicken broth to the mixture to make it more puree-like. Set aside.

2 - Meanwhile, in the same saucepan (no need to wash it out), melt another tablespoon of butter, set over medium heat. Add the rice and about 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook for a few minutes, stirring to ensure no browning on the rice occurs. Pour in about 1/4 cup of the white wine and 1/4 cup broth and cook, stirring the entire time, until mostly evaporated. Continue this process of adding the broth, in 1/4 cup increments, over and over again, for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the rice has bloomed and is cooked. You should need about 2 to 3 cups broth when all said and done. Lastly, stir in the reserved green puree, Parmesan cheese, crushed red pepper and lemon zest and last 2 tablespoons of butter. Cook for a few more minutes until bubbly and perfect. If needed (I like my risotto to spread), add a few more splashes of broth, stir and serve. Top with more Parmesan and freshly cracked pepper.

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