Spinach Artichoke Risotto

Last year I finally broke down and made risotto.

Shrimp and Risotto

You can read about my Shrimp and Risotto dinner HERE.


Since then I’ve made a few changes.

Shiitake and oyster mushrooms:

Shiitake and Oyster Mushrooms

And Thai Coconut Curry Broth:

Thai Coconut Curry Broth

The broth is a must. Trust me.

I also sauté the vegetables separately and add them to the risotto at the very end.

I made it for my friends one night to prove to them how easy it is to make.

That was 16 days ago and my friend has made it 3 times since then.

Knowing her she is probably making it again tonight.

It is THAT good.

Ever since April 2010 I have been making risotto the same exact way.

Until last night. This is what I did.

Sauté mushrooms in olive oil and butter, add minced garlic, and then season with salt and pepper.

Shiitake and Oyster Mushrooms

Sauté artichoke hearts.

Spinach Artichoke Risotto

While those are cooking, sauté chopped leeks in butter.

Spinach Artichoke Risotto

Then add a cup of Arborio rice.

Spinach Artichoke Risotto

Cook for about 3 minutes so the rice gets a little toasted and coated with the butter and leek flavors.

Next, pour in about a cup of dry white wine.

Wine for Risotto

Stir until the rice absorbs all of the wine.

Then slowly add the warm stock to the rice one ladle at a time and stir constantly.

Thai Coconut Curry Broth

Or at least semi-constantly.

I don’t know if that is a word but you know what I mean.

Wait for all of the stock to be absorbed before adding the next ladle full.

This is the first time I used baby spinach in risotto so I wasn’t sure when to add it.

I decided to add it after the last ladle of stock.

Spinach Artichoke Risotto

When the spinach was wilted and most of the stock was absorbed, I added the mushrooms and artichoke hearts.

Spinach Artichoke Risotto

Then the mascarpone.

Mascarpone

I added two huge dollops.

You can also add Parmigiano Reggiano at this stage but I didn’t this time.

Gently combine everything together until it is creamy.

Spinach Artichoke Risotto

Don’t forget to taste it and see if it needs anything.

Like more mascarpone.

Spinach Artichoke Risotto

I tasted so much I was practically full before dinner.

I didn’t make shrimp or any thing else for that matter.

Spinach Artichoke Risotto

Just risotto. And it was perfectly satisfying.

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