Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Risotto With Loads Of Veggies Recipe

A bowl of Risotto.

If you are looking for an easy weekend dinner to share with friends then try this easy risotto that's filled with vegetables and Parmesan cheese.  I like to change up the vegetables I use depending on what's in my refrigerator.  If you try this recipe and I guarantee your friends will be begging to come for dinner!

Risotto With Loads of veggies

Serves 4

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons oil
1 leek, tops removed, chopped
1 clove garlic
1 zucchini diced
12 asparagus stalks, ends removed and cut into 2“ pieces
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (optional)
1 ½ cups Arborio rice
1 larger or two smaller tomatoes, diced
Pinch red pepper flakes
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
½ cup white wine
4 cups chicken stock, heated thoroughly
1 ½ cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste

Heat butter and oil in a medium-sized sauce pan. 

Add leeks and garlic and sauté two minutes. 

 Add zucchini, asparagus, red bell pepper, carrot, jalapeno pepper and sauté until soft, about five more minutes. Add rice and coat well. 

Add tomatoes, red pepper flakes, basil leaves and wine. Stir until the liquid has been completely absorbed. 

 Add one ladle of hot stock and simmer, stirring until it has been absorbed. Continue to add hot stock one ladle at a time, stirring after each spoonful and adding more once it’s been absorbed. 

Cook until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender but still firm (al dente) about 18-20 minutes. Add Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper.

A bowl of risotto with fresh cut veggies on a baking sheet.
Risotto loaded with fresh veggies

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