Dinner Made Simple with Easy Risotto

easy risotto with shrimpSince Thanksgiving arrived so late in the calendar this year leaving only a few weeks before Christmas, as of now the holiday rush is on! Between working copious hours in a small retail store, getting my cookie dough baked and decorated, and sending gifts to family in far off places, I need dinner to be as simple as it can be. When a neighbor shared this recipe for easy risotto, I could not wait to try it.

When I am at a restaurant, I try to order items I would normally not make at home. When I see risotto on the menu, I immediately place that on my list of choices. I love the creamy, warm rice dish, especially if it has delicious add-ins like mushrooms, seafood, or chicken. Risotto is one of my favorite menu items because it definitely falls into the category of a dish I would not make at home due to the length of time needed to stand next to the stove, constantly stirring.

Enter my lovely neighbor who was kind enough to share this easy risotto recipe that requires only enough stirring to melt in butter and cheese. If you have an oven proof pot, chicken stock, a bag of Arborio rice, a few pats of butter, Parmesan cheese, and a little bit of wine – my friends, in 30 minutes, you too can indulge in a true Italian comfort food!

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You can eat this dish plain, or add in anything your heart desires; vegetables, chicken, shrimp, scallops … the possibilities are endless. When I made this the other night for dinner, I added shrimp that was sautéed in a little bit of butter, half a minced onion, 2 cloves of garlic (also minced), salt and pepper, and a hefty pinch of parsley. I served it all up with a side of steamed, fresh green beans. You could stir in roasted butternut squash, asparagus, mushrooms, or any favorite vegetable to make this a nice vegetarian dish, or add shrimp, scallops, lobster, crab, or grilled chicken.  

risotto broth and arborio rice 

Easy Risotto

½ cup Arborio rice

4 cups chicken stock/broth

Place in oven proof pot, place lid on top and put in 350 degree oven for 30-45 minutes

Remove and place on stove over low heat.

risotto in pot

Add :

1 cup Parmesan cheese

1 cup chicken broth

½ cup white wine

3 Tbsp. butter

salt & pepper

If you want to add in veggies or cooked chicken/shrimp, etc. do so now.

Stir for 2-3 minutes.

 

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See? I told you – so incredibly easy! Pour in a pot and let your oven do the work! This is a great easy dinner, especially during the rush of the holiday season, although my guess is that you will make this well beyond and keep it in your dinner rotation throughout the year!

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Dinner Made Simple with Easy Risotto

Kelly Pugliano is a wife, mom to a soon-to-be-college student and one-not- far- behind, freelance writer, photographer and a lifelong foodie who shares her love of cooking and baking through photographs good enough to eat. Seeming to be a permanent fixture in her Upstate NY kitchen, you will often find her creating tried & true recipes from family archives or testing out new delights found by reading countless cooking magazines, watching Food Network or scouring Pinterest. If not behind the ... More

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2 comments

  1. LIZ says:

    This is really yummy recipe

  2. I love rice and have craved it with all four of my pregnancies. This recipe sounds delicious and is making me hungry now! I don’t have all of these ingredients so I’m just going to make my go to favorite… creamy rice. Thanks for the recipe!!

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