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Recipe Summary

cook:
15 mins
total:
25 mins
prep:
10 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large saucepan cook onion and garlic in hot olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter until onion is tender. Add rice; cook and stir over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until rice begins to brown.

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  • Meanwhile, in another saucepan bring broth to boiling; reduce heat and simmer. Slowly add 1 cup of the broth to the rice mixture, stirring constantly. Continue to cook and stir rice mixture over medium heat until liquid is absorbed. Add another 1/2 cup of the broth to the rice mixture, stirring constantly. Continue to cook and stir until the liquid is absorbed. Add remaining broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until the broth has been absorbed. (This should take 15 to 20 minutes.)

  • Stir in the remaining butter, cheese, and pepper.

Lemon-Asparagus Risotto:

Add 1 cup chopped asparagus and 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel to the risotto after half of the chicken broth has been stirred into the risotto.

Spinach-Pea Risotto:

Stir 2 cups chopped fresh spinach, 1/2 cup frozen peas, and 2 teaspoons snipped fresh tarragon or 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon, crushed, into the risotto with the butter, cheese, and pepper. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.Prepare as above, except cook 8 ounces sliced fresh assorted mushrooms (such as button, cremini, and/or stemmed shiitake) with the onion and garlic until tender and all liquid is evaporated. If desired, substitute 1/2 cup dry white wine for 1/2 cup of the chicken broth. Stir in 1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil with the butter, cheese, and pepper.Per serving: 302 cal., 15 g total fat (6 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat), 22 mg chol., 686 mg sodium, 32 g carbo., 1 g fiber, 11 g pro.

Mushroom Risotto:

Prepare as above, except cook 8 ounces sliced fresh assorted mushrooms (such as button, cremini, and/or stemmed shiitake) with the onion and garlic until tender and all liquid is evaporated. If desired, substitute 1/2 cup dry white wine for 1/2 cup of the chicken broth. Stir in 1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil with the butter, cheese, and pepper.Per serving: 302 cal., 15 g total fat (6 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat), 22 mg chol., 686 mg sodium, 32 g carbo., 1 g fiber, 11 g pro.

Nutrition Facts

289 calories; fat 15g; cholesterol 22mg; saturated fat 6g; carbohydrates 30g; mono fat 7g; poly fat 1g; insoluble fiber 1g; sugars 2g; protein 9g; vitamin a 243IU; vitamin c 1.8mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 1.8mg; folate 4mcg; vitamin b12 0.2mcg; sodium 683mg; potassium 55mg; calcium 141.4mg; iron 2.2mg.
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