Risotto is one of those dishes that can sound complicate to make and almost have an exotic feeling. It is true that it takes some attention to make a good one as it is easy to have a non-pleasant result, from overcooking, over seasoning or even not pairing with the right ingredients.

The reality is that it is actually an excellent dish to make in a pinch when you don’t have too much time for cooking as you really can just open the fridge: grab an onion, a leafy vegetable like radicchio, some goat cheese and the rice, mix it together and you will have an awesome meal!

Ingredients for 2 people:

1 cup Arborio or Carnaroli rice

4 cups vegetable or chicken stock

1 small onion diced

1 cup radicchio leaves shredded

1/2 cup white wine (optional)

2 tbsp butter cold + 1tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp parmesan cheese

2 tbsp goat cheese

salt & pepper to taste

Procedure:

Heat up 1 tbsp of butter with the 1 tbsp of olive oil and sauté the onion till soft, at low heat, for about 5 minutes. Add the rice and toast it for about 8-10 minutes till translucent. Pour the wine and let evaporate.

Add the radicchio shredded and let it soften up and then pour the stock a couple of ladle at time letting the rice absorbing the liquid and continue till the rice is cooked “al dente” for about 15 minutes. It will change color to a pale pink as the radicchio will release some color.

Once the rice is ready, remove from heat and stir in the rest of the butter cold; add the parmesan cheese.

Plate the risotto and top with the goat cheese.

risotto-radicchio-goat cheese

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