I cooked this dish one night in New York when my editor came to dinner, and she commented that I had infused the tired combination of peas and carrots with new life.
Makes6 to 8 servings
Total Timeunder 1 hour
One Pot MealYes
OccasionCasual Dinner Party
Recipe Courseappetizer, main course
Taste and Texturebuttery, cheesy, creamy, savory
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 large shallots, minced
- 1 cup minced fennel bulb
- 3 carrots, peeled and minced
- 2 cups Arborio rice
- 5 cups chicken broth, preferably homemade
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 pound asparagus, trimmed, cut into 2-inch lengths, and steamed just until crisp-tender
- 1 cup shelled fresh peas
- ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil and butter together in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, fennel, and carrots; sauté until the vegetables are softened, 7 to 10 minutes.
Stir in the rice and cook, stirring frequently, until the rice is translucent, about 3 minutes.
Begin adding the chicken broth 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly and allowing the broth to be fully absorbed before adding the next cup. When all the chicken broth has been absorbed, add the wine and cook in the same manner. The rice should be al dente and moist, lightly bound with a little of the cooking liquid. Total cooking time should be about 25 minutes.
Stir in the asparagus and peas; cook just to heat through, about 3 minutes more. Remove the risotto from the heat. Fold in the Parmesan and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve at once.
1990 Sarah Leah Chase