Tonight I made Risotto.... and about 4 mistakes. Some hurt worse than others. My boss gave me his recipe last year and I lost it. I thought I remembered most of it, and I looked at some recipes online today and told myself I could do this! After stopping for groceries ($14.95 per pound for Parmigiano Reggiano... holy crap!) I came home determined to kick Risotto butt!

Here's the Mise en Place


Prosciutto, leeks and and sweet onions (Vidalias!), baby peas, aborio rice and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, along with chicken broth, italian parsley, butter and Sauvingion Blanc my boss gave me for Christmas.

The first thing I did wrong was saute the prosciutto with the onion and leek. This recipe said not to but I think my bosses said I should...


Then I stopped taking pictures because it was about the second dose of simmered chicken stock that I bobbled and poured on my hand. My daughter kept stirring during the breaks that I ran to the sink to run cold water over it... but yeah, no pics for a while!


So here's the final shot. I added peas to this. Some of what I read said it would be a great contrast to the creamy-ness of the risotto... If asparagus had been a decent price, I likely would have gone that route.


So good...!

My recipe:

  • 1/4 finely shave Vidalia onion
  • 1/3 of a super sized leek, finely minced and rinsed
  • 2 oz not finely minced prosciutto
  • saute lightly in 2 tbsp butter
  • add 1.5 cups of Arborio rice
  • cook lightly for 1 minute... do not toast
  • add 1/2 cup dry white wine, simmer until absorbed
  • begin adding simmered chicken stock 1/2 to 1 cup at a time, letting it fully absorb before next addition. (I used a box and a half not counting what I poured on my hand and the stove)
  • Stir constantly
  • Cook until tender and creamy but still al dente (18-20 minutes)
  • Stir in 1 cup thawed baby peas
  • Stir in 2 tbsp butter
  • Stir in 1 cup finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • I totally forgot to stir in the Italian Parsley

My youngest thought it was just okay. I loved it... my middle loved it. My husband came home and devoured the remainder, so I guess it was a hit!