I love risotto but cooking it can be cumbersome. The process requires constant stirring and the addition of hot broth every second–or maybe it just seems that way– and sometimes, I simply don’t have the time to spend over the stove.
That is why, I love my slow cooker.
Simple add your favorite risotto ingredients and slow cook while you run around picking up kids, get a walk in with the dog, create a blog post…or at least that is what I will be doing. 🙂 With just one child left living at home… I still find I am busy, especially at the dinner hour.
Risotto is made with arborio rice. This rice has high starch kernels that are white, short and fatter than most short-grain rices. The increased starch content lends itself to a finished creamy textured rice dish. What’s not to love about that!
This recipe is easy and yummy and can be adapted to your own concoction by adding in your family favorites–peas and chunks of ham, chicken sausage, shrimp, caramelized butternut squash and spinach, kale, golden raisins and toasted pine nuts….you can get fancy or keep it simple. And of course, FODMAPers, choose your add ins according to your own tolerance.
Add some chicken or veggie broth[FODMAP followers use homemade] and white wine [can omit wine if you want-just up the broth] and put on high for about 2 hours.
Just prior to serving toss in cooked meats, if desired–shredded chicken,diced ham chunks, sautéed shrimp. And add in some favorite leafy greens or peas–just to wilt or lightly cook up.
Garnish with fresh grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese–expensive but OH>>>so tasty. This Italian Parmesan cheese has a granular texture that simply melts in your mouth and adds a savory finish to the risotto.
I also experimented with a kale, raisins and pine nuts mixture.
Get creative people! I know you can!
But before I let you go, I have a give-a-way for my FODMAP followers. I just received a 3rd edition Monash University low FODMAP diet booklet to give-a-way!
One lucky winner will be randomly picked! Just provide a comment about what types of recipes you are hoping to see on the blog. I need your help for some creative inspiration!
And on another important note: The Kate Klim CD winner is Nan! Thanks for providing a nice comment about how you spend quality quiet time with those you love! Love it!
Here’s the basic risotto recipe for YOU!