Red Risotto

At least once a week I find myself craving something very specific and then go on a mission to make it no matter what. For the last week or so I have been craving risotto but I either haven’t had time to make it or didn’t feel like going to the store to get ingredients. Today, I could not wait anymore and decided to make it with what I had in my pantry and at 9 o’ clock at night after work and the gym! I am so glad I did!

I usually make risotto with white wine but I didn’t have any so i figured why not try red wine! The wine tinted the whole dish a reddish color and the addition of arugula made it look very Christmas-y which was appropriate since I listened to Christmas music while cooking. It ended up looking very festive!

1 shallot minced

3 slices of pancetta chopped

2 cloves of garlic minced

1 tbs of olive oil

1/2 a cup arborio rice (this might seem like a little but it grows! This is more than enough for one person)

1/2 dry red wine

3/4 box of chicken broth

1 handful of arugula

grated parmesan to top with

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Coat pan with olive oil and add pancetta and shallots. Cook until pancetta is starting to crisp and shallots are soft. Add garlic last so that it does not burn. Next you will add the rice. Stir the rice in with the oil, shallots, garlic and pancetta and be sure to coat it all the rice. This is an important step although I don’t actually know what the reasoning is, I have just seen my mom do it before!

Pour in about half your wine and stir. Once liquid has cooked out/ been absorbed add the rest of the wine. Repeat this process with the chicken broth, about a 1/4 cup at a time. You do have to stand there an stir the whole time pretty much but it is worth it. Once the rice is cooked through (with a little bit of bite to it still) you can sprinkle in some cheese and add your seasoning to taste. Turn off the heat and then add your arugula. The arugula will begin to wilt. Serve with more wine… for drinking!

I have to say I was tempted to add a poached egg on top for some more protein but was feeling lazy. I think it would have been delicious but very rich. Maybe next time!

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