Rethinking risotto

Holy cookbook, Batman – I just had some of the best (and easiest to make) risotto of my life and it came from Target.

I picked up a pack of Archer Farms Wild Mushroom risotto at our local Target solely because it was $1.79.  I was skeptical of the instructions on the back, which skipped the steps one usually sees in risotto (warming up the risotto, adding water gradually and letting it absorb, etc.) and instead involved just boiling water, adding the risotto and seasoning packet, and stirring occasionally for 20 minutes. Impossibly simple, right?  I started sautéing the risotto while I considered the recipe on the box.  About 2 minutes in, I decided that it was worth seeing if this crazy recipe worked – AND IT DID.  Here’s what I ended up with:

  1. Bring 2 1/2 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add risotto and seasoning packet to the boiling water and cook for 17-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Sauté 3 cloves of chopped garlic.  When lightly cooked, dd to the pot.
  4. Sauté 1 onion, chopped into small pieces.  When tender, add to the pot.
  5. Risotto done yet?  Cool!  Mine needed another 1/2 a cup of water  and enough time for it to be almost entirely absorbed.
  6. Add 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese and 1 tsp butter to the finished product – stir well.

That’s it!  Katie agrees – utterly delicious.  Just try not to burn your mouth on the first bite like I just did and you’ll probably enjoy it even more!

I have no idea what was in that seasoning packet so I’m not sure exactly how I would replicate this without the mix, but this approach definitely takes less time and resulted in one amazing dish.

Are you a fan of risotto too?  Check out my other recipe – goat cheese risotto with squash!

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3 thoughts on “Rethinking risotto

  1. Either when I come visit you next or when I have a kitchen & you come to visit me you will be in charge of risotto! I need to experience it in more variety. I usually stick with couscous.

  2. Pingback: Rethinking Risotto (part 2) « Sally and the City

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