Tuesday, August 2, 2011

One pot meals

Wow. We really eat a lot of veggie dishes these days. During the summer, I hate to be over the stove and since we are without a grill, I have to figure ways out of the kitchen. So one pot meals is one way to go. Here is a recipe that I tore out of the Cooking Light magazine while sitting in the Dr.s office one day. It's delicious, easy and pretty good for you. The kids scarfed it. Even Aeneas, who doesn't care for peas cleaned his plate. Check it out.

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

  • 4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic, divided
  • 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups thinly sliced shiitake mushroom caps
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
  • 3/4 cup frozen green peas
  • 6 tablespoons grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • 1. Bring broth to a simmer in a medium saucepan; keep warm over low heat.
  • 2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook 2 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add rice; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add wine; cook 2 minutes or until liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently. Stir in 1/2 cup broth; cook 2 minutes or until liquid is absorbed, stirring constantly. Add remaining broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of broth is absorbed before adding the next (about 20 minutes).
  • 3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon garlic and 1 teaspoon thyme; sauté 1 minute. Set aside.
  • 4. Stir mushrooms, remaining 1 teaspoon thyme, peas, 1/4 cup cheese, and pepper into risotto; cook 3 minutes. Spoon about 1 1/4 cups risotto into each of 4 bowls; sprinkle each with 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese.

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