Thursday, June 11, 2009


     Do you open the oven a millions times when you're baking cupcakes? Or try the pasta over and over to see if its perfectly al dente? Then making risotto is for you!. All the cook books cautions to be patient while making risotto, but this is the perfect dish for anyone who can't leave what they are cooking alone. I always thought risotto was a complicated dish, buts its so easy and really fast, plus I can hover over it the entire time, which my squirrel brain wants to do.

3 C. vegetable or chicken broth
1 C. Italian arborio rice
1-2 shallots chopped
bunch of asparagus
few sprigs of fresh rosemary
4 TBSP of butter
some olive oil
1/4 C. grated cheese

In a sauce pot simmer the vegetable broth. Sautee shallots and rosemary in 2 TBSP butter and a little olive oil in a heavy pot. Add the asparagus and cover the pot to allow it to steam for a few minutes. Add the risotto and sautee for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper. In 1/4 C. increments add the simmering broth to the risotto, stirring constantly, until all the broth is absorbed before each new addition. This should take about 20 minutes. With the last broth addition add the cheese and the rest of the butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Rocco Galatioto said...

Che squisitezza,
The risotto dish is, an interesting recipe as it avoids the ever present chicken soup that I abhor. A truly vegetarian dish. And that photo; you can almost taste the food.
Keep it up.
Un abraccio

Jennifer Galatioto said...

No chicken stock! I love those veggie broth packets from TJs...your favorite place. Nice flavor and so easy. They have some chicken broth packets which I will buy especially for you!