The grey Seattle days get some people down. But for me, I think of them more as a cozy blanket snuggled up around the city – a perfect complement for an afternoon spent in front of the fire with a cup of tea, a book and a few furry friends napping on the floor and sofa around us. This risotto is equally cozy – a warming, healthy and hearty dish for one of our beautifully grey Seattle days.
This recipe is from Cooking Light. A friend gave us a subscription to this magazine recently, and we really seem to be cooking a lot from it! Also, we accidentally used barley instead of arborio rice. But, the dish turned out lovely. So, feel free to use either – apparently you can’t go wrong.
Bring 3 cups chicken stock and 1/2 cup water to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Keep warm over low heat and set aside 1/4 cup of warm stock mixture.
Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and add oil. Add 2 ounces chopped pancetta and cook until crisp, stirring frequently. Then add 2 cups sliced shiitake mushroom caps, 1 1/2 cups chopped onion, and 1 T minced garlic. Cook until tender (about 6 minutes). Stir in 1 cup uncooked arborio rice (or barley) and 2 tsp chopped fresh sage. Cook 1 minute, stirring frequently.
Add 1/2 cup dry white wine and cook 30 seconds, or until the liquid is absorbed. Stir in 1 1/4 cups stock mixture and 1/2 tsp kosher salt. Cook 4 minutes or until the liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add the remaining stock mixture, 3/4 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of stock is absorbed before adding more. This takes about 22 minutes in total.
Remove from heat, stir in 1 cup canned pumpkin puree, 2 T mascarpone cheese, 2 T chopped fresh chives and 1/4 tsp ground red pepper. Stir in the reserved stock mixture as needed until the risotto reaches its desired consistency.
Spoon 1 cup risotto into each of 4 bowls and serve.
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 cup water
- vegetable oil
- 2 ounces chopped pancetta (optional, leave out if you’d like to make this vegetarian)
- 2 cups sliced shiitake mushroom caps
- 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
- 1 T minced garlic
- 1 cup uncooked arborio rice (or barley)
- 2 tsp chopped fresh sage
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 2 T mascarpone cheese
- 2 T chopped fresh chives
- 1/4 tsp ground red pepper