Thursday, June 11, 2009

Lemon Parmesan Risotto

There are so many ways to prepare Risotto, from adding in fresh herbs to adding in various cheeses, seafood and seasoned meats. It is so much fun jazzing it up, but I also like the simpler more basic flavors with lots of cheese of course!

The only downside to Risotto is it is addicting and goes straight to your hips! i have to walk five miles to undo the sweet damage. Risotto does require a little effort and some babysitting. Figure in this into your plan because you will be hovering over the pot for a good 30 minutes. Hey, you can burn a few calories stirring this before it ever hits your lips.

You will need:

1 cup of Aborio rice

3 cups of chicken stock

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoon of butter

1/2 cup of Parmigiana-Reggiano

1/2 medium onion finely chopped

2 teaspoons of lemon zest

Juice from one lemon

Salt and Pepper

Saute the onion in the olive oil and butter over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes.

Add in the Aborio rice. Coat the rice the the butter and oil and saute for about 3 minutes.

Add in one cup of chicken stock. Continuously stirring until almost all of the the liquid is absorbed; then add in the second cup of stock. Keep stirring until almost all of the liquid is absorbed.

Add in the third cup of chicken stock along with the lemon juice, the lemon zest and the parm. Keep stirring and once the liquid is almost completely absorbed, season with salt and pepper to taste.

There are few things more perfectly simple than Risotto.



53 comments:

April said...

Sounds simple and delicious!

Cathy said...

This looks great! Risotto is one of my favourite meals to make - some nights the continuous stirring is therapeutic.

doggybloggy said...

this is an effort that I dont mind making - yours looks great!

gigi said...

Risotto has always seemed like a challenge to me. I guess I don't do a good job of babysitting it they way it should be done. Thanks for the helpful insrtuctions.

Ashley @ The Happy Little Home said...

That sounds so delicious!!! Can I come over?

Claudia said...

I adore risotto - and sometimes simple is perfect. Love the Parmesan in it. Yours looks simply splendid. I put in a CD and stir to music.

the ungourmet said...

I love risotto! The last time I tried to make it my recipe flopped! I will have to try yours, it looks wonderful!

5 Star Foodie said...

Your risotto looks wonderful! Lemon and parmesan are nice flavors!

Mary said...

This sounds delicious. I love risotto, so you can be sure your recipe will be used.

Debbie said...

That looks so good Katherine! I would love to have that as a side dish with almost anything!!!

Pearl said...

yum Katherine - the lemon flavor sounds so nice for the summer!

girlichef said...

Yes, definitely addicting...but oh, so wonderful! Sounds like a big plate of creamy deliciousness...

Cairo Typ0 said...

Sounds good! My lactose free Hubby loves risotto so we make all of ours without the cheese. Still tasty but slightly less rich.

Marjie said...

I rarely make risotto because of the constant stirring - too much else to do in the last 30 minutes before the food hits the table - and when I do I cheat. Yours looks fluffy and wonderful!

teresa said...

Gorgeous! I have never made risotto, but now that I see yours I want to!

Greg C said...

I personally like the seafood variety. It sounds very simple to make.

JodieMo said...

OMG! I love risotto! I even like cooking it. It's easier to babysit than my kids. Your right it does go straight to the hips though! Of course I'm beginning to think everything ends up there eventually. Oh well, you only live once. :)

Natashya said...

Yum! I love risotto - lemon would be amazing!

Cheryl said...

OMG I havent made Risotto in a year or more, I must remedy that! I use the exact same recipeTTTT

The Blonde Duck said...

Ode to risotto and how I drool for thee...

Sweta said...

Ooooh-that looks like comfort food :)

Chris said...

That looks great but for the life of me, now every time I hear the word risotto, it reminds me of Hell's Kitchen since they ALWAYS make it regardless of what else they are making.

Brenda said...

this sounds so wonderful!! I have tons of lemon basil to use right now, I bet it would be good add at the end of this dish--yum!

Nazarina A said...

Beautiful pictures make for a beautiful meal Yum!
Tell me about it, I run 3 miles everyday because all these special dishes for my blog and sitting at the computer can get one into trouble LOL!
I would still enjoy your risotto and run harder the next round!

Reeni♥ said...

Lemon and Parmesan are perfect compliments to Risotto!! I love that it's so versatile and so delicious!!

burpandslurp said...

Funny. I've been thinking about how much I wanna try risotto, and wondering how I can use up the 3 lemons in my fridge. You're an answer to my dreams!

Marguerite said...

Looks divine, Katherine, and would compliment any seafood entree. Kinda reminds me of stirring a roux. You are such a gourmet, cher!

Bridgett said...

I love lemon risotto, especially for a summer time meal. This recipe reminds me that I need to make it again soon.

Lisa said...

Risotto is a favorite of mine, though I seldom take the time to make it. This flavor combination sounds fresh and delicious.

scrappysue said...

i love those that take the time to photograph recipes for their blog! thanks for stopping by - i love TN and i love risotto!!!

Donna-FFW said...

I love risotto and lemon parmesan flavored sounds perfect!!

Amanda said...

Oh that sounds wonderful, I bet it was delicious!

Lucy said...

Katherine, this looks great! Loving the flavors of the parm & lemon! Kudos!!

Ginger said...

Katherine,

Can I come to your house for dinner? I have never made a good risotto. YUMMY!!

...Mrs. Southern Bride... said...

Looks yummy!

Maria said...

I love lemon everything! Love this risotto!

Melody said...

I could do that! I've never tried, because it sounds so gourmet and probably tricky, but I think I will try your recipe. Thanks!

Jackie @PhamFatale.com said...

Agreed, there's nothing better than a simple risotto, great comfort food. I just made an asparagus risotto as well ;)

Joanne said...

Risotto IS one of the most versatile dishes out there, and one of the most unforgettable! We all deserve a little decadence every once in a while. I love the simpicity of this.

Chef E said...

Yep, we love this dish in our house, and you had me at 'Lemon'. My favorite flavoring of so many things!

AB HOME INTERIORS said...

Sounds sooo yummy. Happy friday popping in from SITS

Heidi said...

My first attempt at risotto was very disappointing. This looks so yummy... I have to try again!

pigpigscorner said...

I would love to have this with your dry rub grilled chicken =)

Debbie said...

In a word - YUM!
How is the job search going?

Kristen said...

how tasty!

Penny said...

Believe it or not, I have never made risotto. Need to correct that and this recipe is the place to start. Thanks Katerine.

Julie said...

I love risotto..this looks super. I don't mind if it goes to my hips, it can visit with all the other things that are living there.

Pam said...

I have still never made risotto - love the flavors you used.

Calm In The Kitchen said...

Oh how I love risotto.

I saved this and then realized that I never commented!

This looks great!

;) amy

Jamie said...

I agree with you that there is nothing quite so perfect as risotto. I fell in love with it in Italy and have been making it ever since.

Netts Nook said...

Your Risotto looks perfect. Delish.

buffalodick said...

That sounds like a nice flavor combo...

TavoLini said...

Mmm--looks excellent! I like the pairing of lemon and parmesan, good plan.

Five miles of walking? You go on with your bad self ;)