Veggie Tales by Kris: Veggie Risotto!


I love making risotto, and this a great way to get your veggies! This dish is also great for the holidays!

Tomato Truffle Risotto

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 lemon (just zest)
1 shallot, minced
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon truffle oil (or infused olive oil)
1/2 cup fresh basil and parsley, chopped
3 cups spinach
About 4 cups, heated chicken stock
1 cup Arborio Rice

Risotto takes patience, but it’s so worth in the end. Here’s how I do it:

Since I used concentrated chicken stock, I just heated about 4 cups of water in a kettle. I then added 4 packets of the chicken concentrate. You can just heat up 4 cups chicken stock…

Heat about 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet. Add a chopped shallot (or onion) and about 4 sliced garlic cloves in the oil. Let soften for a few minutes. Add in 1 cup of rice and zest of 1 lemon to toast- about 4 minutes. Add in your first cup of heated stock. Season with salt and pepper and cook until the rice absorbs the liquid. Add in tomatoes. Continue to add (1 cup at a time) of the stock and stir rice slowly until it absorbs each cup of stock. When your stock is done (use water if you need more) and the rice is tender, turn of heat. Add in herbs, spinach and about 1/2 parmesan cheese. Add 1 tablespoon truffle oil if you have it. AMAZING!

UPDATE: I forgot to add that when buying Truffle Oil, go for a truffle infused Olive Oil.
You will get more for your buck this way! I got mine at Zabar’s in the city but here are some online and here !