RISOTTO OF SPRING VEGGIES - Italian Recipes [26-8-15]


2 cups Arborio rice
2 quarts vegetable stock in which pea shells have been simmered
8 Tbs. butter
2 leeks, sliced thin
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2/3 cup fresh peas
2/3 cup peeled fava beans
2/3 cup baby artichokes, sliced
1 Tbs. parsley, chopped fine
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: Parmesan cheese


Melt half the butter over medium heat. Add leeks and onion.
When onion mixture is transparent, add rice and stir to coat grains well. When rice glistens and becomes opaque, start adding stock a ladleful at a time, over heat high enough to evaporate the liquid. Add a ladleful at a time, after each addition evaporates, but don't let rice dry out. After 5 minutes, fold in the artichoke slices. When rice is half done (10 minutes), add salt and pepper. Add as much of the rest of the simmering stock to the rice as needed to make it tender but not mushy, a ladleful at a time, stirring, for about 5 minutes more. Add peas, fava beans and butter and toss with rice, gently. Serve at once. Optional: shave parmesan cheese over each serving.

Yield: 6 Servings

Category: Side Dishes, Vegetables

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