Risotto is definitely one my most favourite comfort foods. I enjoy it most during the winter months and its creamy texture is always satisfying. I love fancying it up with whatever may be in season at the moment. And now that I have loads of bärlauch to use up, so here it is!

BÄRLAUCH RISOTTO

You will need

  • 5-6 cups of vegetable broth
  • 
1 medium sized onion
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • ¼ cup of white wine
  • 2 cups of Arborio rice
  • 1/8 cup of nut milk
  • ¼ cup of bärlauch pesto
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Heat up the vegetable broth in a saucepan just until it is about to simmer.
  2. Peel and finely chop the onion.
  3. Place into a saucepan and set to medium heat.
  4. Add the olive oil and sauté until the onions turns soft and translucent.
  5. Add the rice and stir for a couple of minutes or until the rice begins to turn slightly golden in colour. Make sure to keep the heat low enough so that the rice does not turn brown! Once golden in colour, pour in the white wine stirring until it basically evaporates.
  6. Then take out ½ a cup at a time of the warm broth and pour it over the rice, constantly stirring and ensuring that none of the rice sticks to the pot. If the mixture bubbles too much, then turn down the heat.
  7. Continue to stir until the liquid is absorbed into the rice. This means that it is time to add more liquid. Repeat this process until almost all of the broth is used up.
  8. Then I do the risotto test: take a couple of grains out and take a bite! If it is too crunchy, then add more liquid and continue the process until the tested grain is tender but firm to the bite.
  9. You will know when the risotto is done when it starts to look creamy
  10. When the risotto has reached its desired consistency, stir in the nut milk and the pesto. Depending on how much salt you used in the pesto, you may not need to add any more. Add pepper to taste and serve! The whole process should take about 20 minutes.
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I try to make as much pesto as I can once the bärlauch season begins, as the season is short. I keep them stored in glass marmalade bottles and each time I use a bit of the pesto, I add a bit of olive oil into the glass to maintain its the intensity. I would not recommend going on a first date right after or during eating this. Continue reading “Bärlauch Pesto (Bear garlic Pesto)” »

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