31 January, 2009

A first! Risotto with Pesto!

For the first time IN MY LIFE(!!) I made risotto tonight and it was SO easy! And good! Now I know what always gives it its "risotto" taste: the white wine!

Risotto with Pesto:

  1. Cook 1 small onion in 2 TBSP of butter + 1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add 2 cups risotto rice (i.e. Arborio), cook for about 2 minutes, then add 1 cup a dry white wine and cook until the liquid is soaked up by the rice.
  3. In the meantime boil 4 cups of water, add some veggie broth (2 cubes) and over the next 30 minutes, keep on adding 1/2 cup of the broth at a time.
  4. Take the risotto off the heat and add 1 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese, Salt and Pepper to taste and 1/3 cup store bought Pesto.
I also made some garlic bread:
  1. broil slices of bread under the broiler - any kind, if soft, brown on both sides to make it crispy,
  2. then rub a clove of garlic over the entire slice and
  3. sprinkle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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