Walnut and Avocado Risotto
NotesIt is important to use a rice such as Arborio or Carnaroli, as these short-grain rices absorb more moisture during cooking and release starch to create the authentic sticky texture of an Italian risotto.
Total Timeunder 1 hour
Make Ahead RecipeYes
One Pot MealYes
OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together
Recipe Coursemain course, side dish
Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, peanut free, soy free, vegetarian
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Taste and Texturecreamy, nutty
- 5 cups warm vegetable bouillon
- 1 onion
- 1/4 stick salted butter
- 1 1/2 cups Arborio or other short-grain rice (see Notes)
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 2 ounces vegetarian Parmesan- style cheese
- 2 ripe avocados
- 3/4 cup walnut pieces
- Few fresh chives
- Few sprigs fresh parsley
Put the bouillon into a pan and keep it warm on the stove. Peel and finely chop the onion. Melt the butter in a 3-quart heavy pan and gently sauté the onion for five minutes, until soft but not yet beginning to color. Stir the rice into the onions, mix thoroughly and cook for about five minutes, stirring constantly, until the rice begins to look translucent. Pour in the wine and continue to stir until it is absorbed. Then begin to add the bouillon, a little at a time, stirring constantly over a low heat as the bouillon is absorbed. The process should take about 25 minutes and by the time the last of the bouillon is absorbed, the mixture should be think and the rice tender.
Finely shred the cheese. Peel and dice the avocados. Put the walnut pieces into a dry, heavy pan and heat them gently, stirring frequently, until they begin to color, then turn onto a plate to stop them from cooking further. Chop the chives and parsley.
When the rice is ready, gently stir in the cheese, toasted walnuts, and avocado pieces and serve immediately, garnished with the fresh herbs.
2015 Jane Hughes