I originally started this blog as a place to store tried and true recipes for my family. It didn't take long to discover how supportive and fun the blog community was and I became hooked! I rarely create my own recipes, but I still hope you'll enjoy the recipes that I find and tweak a bit.
Ever since I discovered the magic of risotto last summer, I've been a bit obsessed. There are so many fun ways to make it, and it's surprisingly healthy, considering how rich and creamy it is. You can serve it for a main course, or a side dish, for lunch or dinner. It's so versatile!
I found this gem at Gina's Weight Watchers Recipes, a blog I highly recommend, whether or not you are counting your points! I daresay this has been my most favorite risotto so far, I just love the richness and meatiness of those baby bellas, and the risotto is so creamy. Just be aware that this particular recipe makes a lot. I halved it and still had quite a bit leftover.
2 cups Baby Bella mushrooms, sliced 2 cups arborio rice 1 tsp olive oil 3 tsp butter 2 shallots, minced 1 cup white wine 8 cups fat free chicken stock salt and pepper 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 4 tbsp chopped parsley Heat chicken stock in a small pot and keep on low heat.
In a medium size heavy sauce pan, saute garlic in 1 tsp olive oil. Add mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup of the chicken stock and let the mushrooms cook about 4 minutes. Set aside.
Add butter to the pan on set flame to medium-low heat. Add shallots, sauté about 1 minute. Add rice mixing well until well coated and translucent, about 2 minutes. Add wine, salt and pepper and mix well until it is absorbed into the rice. Ladle 1 cup stock into rice and mix until all stock is absorbed, add another ladle, and continue adding and stirring until all broth is absorbed, about 20-25 minutes. Add mushrooms, Parmesan cheese and parsley, mix well and serve.