11.03.2014

Risotto, Four Ways

Risotto Four Ways | 27th and Olive

Three years ago we honeymooned in the Mediterranean. It was here where I become utterly obsessed with Baklava and Risotto. As we island hopped around Greece, I noticed a quick pattern in our eating habits. I would order Risotto, Scott would order a real Greek Salad. After we downed a glass (or two!) of wine, we would order baklava and discuss how it rated on our island scale. We concluded that Santorini had the best risotto and Mykonos the best baklava. 

Coming home was bittersweet. It’s always nice to come home to your own bed, but my new food loves were no longer readily available. I was a little intimated at first when I decided I needed to learn how to make risotto. I’ve watched my fair share of ‘Hells Kitchen‘. Risotto always seems to be the bane of every chef’s existence (at least to Chef Ramsay’s standards). I put off trying to make it because I assumed I’d never get it right. If I’ve learned one thing from my adventures in the kitchen, it is to never make assumptions before attempting to create it. Cooking risotto is not hard. Its quite easy in fact. I know I do not come close to that of Chef Ramsay’s, but I do enjoy it very much. It will hold me over until our next trip to Greece, anyway!

I use the same technique to cook the arborio rice for every risotto I make, whether it be mushroom, tomato, or even pumpkin. I’ve decided to share how easy it is to make risotto four different ways – to satisfy everyone’s tastebuds at the dinner table.

Risotto Four Ways

General Risotto
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons butter
  2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 12 ounces uncooked arborio rice
  4. 3½ or 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  5. a splash of dry white wine (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add two cloves of garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes until the smells of amazingness overtake your life.
  2. Add the arborio rice and toss with the butter and garlic for a minute or two until coated. Add a splash of white wine to get things all sizzly-hot.
  3. Add 1 cup of chicken broth and push the mixture around gently in the pan with a wooden spoon, letting it get all bubbly and nice. When most of the liquid has evaporated, add another half cup. Repeat this process over about 15-20 minutes until the arborio rice has cooked to the point where it's almost completely soft, and the whole thing takes on a creamy texture.
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Mushroom Spinach Risotto

Mushroom and Spinach Risotto

Garlic Butter Mushroom Risotto
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 recipe General Risotto recipe
  2. 2 Tablespoons butter
  3. 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  4. 12 ounces sliced baby portabella mushrooms
  5. 2-3 cups spinach or other veggies if you want
  6. ½ cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  7. sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  8. a squeeze of lemon
Instructions
  1. Start by cooking the arborio rice using my recipe above.
  2. Melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the garlic, saute for 1-2 minutes, and add the sliced mushrooms.
  3. Saute for 5-10 minutes until they're browned to your liking - I like to add another splash of white wine here - yummy sizzle.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in the spinach until wilted, and transfer to the risotto pan. Stir to combine.
  5. Top generously with Parmesan, salt, pepper, and lemon!
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Tomato Basil Risotto

Tomato Basil Risotto

Tomato, Basil and Spinach Risotto
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 vine-ripened tomatoes, seeded & chopped
  2. 2 cups baby spinach
  3. handful torn basil
  4. 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook one recipe of my General Risotto, above.
  2. When adding your third cup of chicken stock for the General Risotto recipe, add tomatoes then continue stirring.
  3. Add baby spinach and basil with the last broth addition then continue stirring.
  4. Stir in parmesan cheese then add more salt & pepper to taste.
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Pea and Asparagus Risotto

Pea and Asparagus Risotto

Pea and Asparagus Risotto
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 lb asparagus, cut in half in length
  2. 2 cups fresh peas
  3. 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  4. 1 tablespoon butter
  5. juice of half lemon
  6. oil
  7. salt
  8. pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook one batch of my General Risotto recipe, above.
  2. Once the arborio rice is almost done, add lemon juice, chopped asparagus and peas.
  3. Once the asparagus is cooked to your liking, add butter and parmesan cheese.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Top with additional parmesan cheese if desired.
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Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin Risotto
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups fresh pumpkin, cubed
  2. 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, omit for a vegan version
  3. 1 tsp celtic salt
  4. Fresh parley, cilantro or rosemary
Instructions
  1. Cook one recipe of my General Risotto, above.
  2. Add in the cubed pumpkin with the first addition of chicken stock.
  3. Continue adding the stock and boil to allow the pumpkin cook.
  4. Once both the risotto and pumpkin are cooked to your liking, add the herbs and parmesan cheese. Stir and serve while still warm.
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6 responses to “Risotto, Four Ways”

  1. ann says:

    Loving these options! Risotto is always a hit in this home. Saving these 🙂 Thank you for sharing!!

  2. Between the EASINESS with the way you set up the recipe (generic + addons) and the AMAZING photos… I want to cook all four. Right now.

  3. Your posts are so amazing! Thanks for linking up to my link party again this week! I seriously want to feature yours every week! So talented!

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