Springtime Risotto

springtime risotto I know spring is here when I see tender asparagus, early peas and my beloved baby artichokes popping up in the produce aisles. Baby artichokes are so easy to prepare and with a little trimming  you’re able to eat the whole thing, there’s no comparison to the taste and texture of fresh verses frozen, jarred or canned, none at all!

spring time risotto One way I love to showcase them is with risotto, the creamy rice along with the tender veggies are just the perfect combination!

spring risotto ingredients With minimal prep work you can get this on your table in no time and what a treat it is, a one pan wonder in deed. Don’t be intimidated when making risotto it just needs a little nurturing  and constant stirring but you can’t beat the end result!

spring time risotto This meal will make you, your family and your guests very happy!

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Springtime Risotto
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 fresh BABY artichokes, trimmed and kept whole
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lb. of fresh asparagus, tender and thin, trimmed and cut into thirds or fourths
  • 1 heaping cup of fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 small leek, cleaned and sliced
  • 1½ cups of arborio rice
  • 1 quart of chicken or vegetable stock, warmed and simmering on the stove
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 cup of parmesan cheese, finely shredded
  • handful of parsley
  • 1 tablespoon, butter
  • 2 or so tablespoons of olive oil
Instructions
  1. Prep veggies ahead of time, for the Baby Artichokes: Snap off the outer leaves until you reach the tender pale yellow green layers, then with a serrated knife trim the tip and stems. You can steam or boil, they take about 15 minutes, I usually boil placing them whole into the water with some lemon slices and a drizzle of olive oil. When finished, let them cool then place them tip side down and cut in half, you now will have 8 artichoke halves.
  2. For the Asparagus, roast on sheet pan at 400, don't let them get brown, it only takes a couple of minutes.
  3. For the Zucchini Rounds, saute in olive oil, medium high heat on top of stove until golden, just a couple of minutes it takes.
  4. Cook Peas accordingly.
  5. FOR THE RISOTTO:
  6. Have broth simmering on low heat in separate pan.
  7. In a heavy bottom pan heat olive oil and butter on medium heat, when melted add in the leeks, cooking until soft.
  8. Add in rice, stirring for a few minutes until well coated and hot.
  9. Deglaze with wine, let it cook down for a few seconds.
  10. Add in a ladle full of broth, stirring until it all absorbs.
  11. Continue adding in broth, same way, stirring it and letting it all absorb.
  12. You'll know when it's done because rice mixture will become creamy and tender with just a little bite, you don't want your rice to taste mushy.
  13. Pull off the heat, add in the cheese and stir until incorporated, add a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and gently fold in all the veggies.
  14. Garnish with parsley.

 

 

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  1. That risotto sure does say “spring” all over it. If it weren’t close to 11 pm here, I’d get myself to the supermarket for some fresh artichokes, asparagus and peas. I’m ready for this delicious dish.

  2. This would be a perfect side for an Easter feast, Marie! I have not seen baby artichokes here as yet, but I’ll keep looking for them at Whole Foods or Sprouts. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  3. Now you have me on “the hunt” — baby artichokes. I swear I was a hound dog in a former life — I”m forever on the hunt for something. The risotto is so full of delicious springtime flavor!! Can’t wait to make it. Have a wonderful day and after breakfast I’m off to the Farmer’s Market.

  4. Giny Strengehagen says:

    Living in Norway now, I still have a bit of a wait till Spring, but this has me salivating! Ill be searching the vegetable markets for those baby artichokes! Some of your artichokes look like they have the tiniest bit of carmelization on them, but perhaps it is just the interior color variation. Approx. how many servings does this lovely dish make?

    • Giny, I heated them up cut side down in olive oil because I boiled them in advance, so that’s why you’re seeing some caramelization. It will serve 4

  5. All the goodness of spring in a pot. And I recognize that pot, very pretty!

  6. Paul Mangiameli says:

    Happy St. Joseph’s Day to you and your family!
    Paul