I don’t know why I’ve always been so intimidated by risotto.
Arborio rice seemed exotic and complicated.
Like most people I assumed that it meant hours standing at the stove; stirring, demanding an almost psychic sense to determine when it is ready.
Well it couldn’t be further from the truth.
This dish is fast and easy and virtually full proof.
I’d say that about 45 minutes is all that you need to have this dish prepared.
2 cups risotto Arborio rice
8-10 cups water or vegetable stock
In a deep skillet toast the risotto in about 1/4 cup of olive oil.
Add 4 cups of liquid and allow to simmer slowly until most of the liquid is absorbed.
Then cup by cup add the remaining liquid as it is absobed by the rice while stirring.
Stirring brings out the starch and creates the creamy texture for which this rice is known.
In a seperate skillet sautee shrimp asparagus and scallops in butter and crushed garlic.
Add to the risotto and mix well.
You can add about 1/4 ohf heavy cream and parmesan cheese if desired.
Sliced peppers go well with eggplant dip which is light and garlicky!
I couln’t help but to end this meal with a little Dulce de Leche Cheesecake!
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