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Summer Millet Risotto

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Millet is one of our oldest and smallest grains. While this risotto can be made with rice, it has the advantages of offering better nutrition and being reheatable. It also tastes good but is not as creamy as a rice risotto.

Makes3 cups to serve 4 generously

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursemain course, side dish

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Mealdinner

Taste and Texturegarlicky, herby, savory

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ ounces (1/3 cup) finely chopped white onion
  • ¾ cup millet
  • 2½ cups Chicken Stock or Fake Chicken Stock
  • 2 ounces (about ½ cup) zucchini in ¼-inch dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled, and finely chopped
  • ¾ cup loosely packed basil leaves, chopped (about 3 tablespoons)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a 9-inch saucepan over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Add the onion and cook for a minute, or until translucent. Add the millet and 1¾ cups of the chicken stock. Bring to a boil; reduce the heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes. Add the zucchini, garlic, and ½ cup of the remaining stock. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Cooking can be stopped at this point. To complete and serve, add the basil, salt and pepper to taste, and the remaining stock. Bring back to a boil and cook until the stock is absorbed.

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