Lemon Spinach Artichoke Risotto

 

Risotto 1 The Curvy Carrot

 

Suddenly I’m realizing that risotto might be on my list of favorite foods, especially when it comes to the realm of comfort foods.  Creamy, warm, and pretty much amenable to any kind of flavor pairing, risotto is extremely versatile.  For someone who is leftover resistant like me, I’m also pretty amazed at the various things you can make with leftover risotto….without eating another bowl of risotto itself.

I had the original recipe from Williams Sonoma bookmarked for over a year. I kept pushing off making the dish, making excuses like “it takes too long” to make or the flavors weren’t great for the time of the year.  Well, now that it’s spring (We biked over 20 miles this past weekend in the most beautiful weather…including seeing three deer by the trail, two turkeys, and various chipmunks and squirrels. This makes me happy.), I wanted to give it a fair go.  And I was very glad I did.

Now, I know risotto has this reputation for being a very time consuming dish to make, but honestly, I didn’t think it was too bad.  All said and done, I think it took me about 45 minutes from start to finish, but it was so worth it.  My next post will be a great way to use leftovers, so when you think about it, 45 minutes for several meal’s worth of food isn’t so bad.  For a cheesy cheddar risotto, click here.  For a nice mushroom risotto, click here.  And for a spring primavera risotto, click here.  It’s obvious I like this stuff.

Play around with your flavors here.  For a spring version, I added in some spinach and artichokes to give it a bit more flavor.  I initially planned on adding in some capers as well, but I forgot.  Serve with a nice green salad and a chilled glass of wine.  Enjoy.

 

 

Risotto 6 The Curvy Carrot

 

 

Lemon Spinach Artichoke Risotto

Servings: 4-6

 

Ingredients

3 cups vegetable stock

3 and 1/2 cups water

5 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium shallot, minced

2 and 1/4 cups Arborio rice

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

Zest from one lemon

3/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated

1-2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves (adjust to your own tastes)

One 7.5-ounce jar of grilled marinated artichoke hearts, drained and rinsed

For garnish:  extra lemon, chives, cheese, etc.

 

Instructions

1. In a large saucepan over high heat, combine the vegetable stock and the water.  Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer.

2. In another large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter with the 3 tablespoons of olive oil.

3. Add the shallot and cook until softened, about 3 minutes or so.

4. Add the rice and stir for about 3 minutes.

5. Add about 3/4 cup of the simmering vegetable stock (adjusting the heat if necessary to keep the remaining stock at a simmer), and cook, stirring the rice constantly until the stock is absorbed, about 2-3 minutes.

6. Continue adding the stock, about 3/4 cup at a time and stirring constantly, until all but about 1/2 cup of the stock has been used. (This part took me about 20 minutes.)

7. Add the lemon juice to the remaining 1/2 cup stock and add the stock/lemon juice mixture, little by little, to the rice, stirring until almost completely absorbed.

8. Add remaining 3 tablespoons of butter, lemon zest, spinach, and artichokes,stirring constantly and breaking up the artichokes a bit with your spoon.

9. Add in the cheese, stirring until completely melted.  Adjust to taste with salt/pepper and additional lemon juice if desired.  Garnish with chives, additional cheese, and extra lemon.

 

Source:  Adapted from Williams Sonoma.

 

 

May 13, 2014 - 10:01 am

Jacki @ Two Forks One Love - I love risotto. I will have to make this next week when my husband is out with the boys!

May 13, 2014 - 3:17 pm

Eileen - Ooh, artichokes in a risotto sound so perfect right now! Such a perfect springy lunch. Yay!

May 13, 2014 - 7:10 pm

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - I’ve never made risotto!! And this looks like just the recipe to try. Comfort food is right!

May 13, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Carol at Wild Goose Tea - You made a most excellent point about the use of risotto for left overs—-that spending 45 minutes was worth it to have an original meal and then a base for other meals. In my case that would be something interesting to take to lunch. Duh, I never thought of that way with that dish. I do other dishes. I don’t think twice in regard to lasagna or soup. Thank you!

May 15, 2014 - 8:20 am

Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) - Just letting you know I’ve featured your “lemon spinach artichoke risotto” recipe on my blog. Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe!

May 15, 2014 - 10:14 am

srlacy - Thanks, Lily! :) Have a great rest of your week!

May 16, 2014 - 7:02 am

Joanne - Risotto definitely is worth the effort! Plus think of all the arm muscles you’re toning while stirring – win/win. This spinach artichoke combo sounds awesome. It’s one of my favorites to begin with so I know I’d love it in this format!

June 13, 2014 - 5:00 am

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