Lemon Risotto

I love risotto. Do you love risotto? This was my first attempt at making it. It was easier than I thought it would be, it just takes a little time and patience. (Which was difficult at 4pm with the children running amok.) But, I did it! and you should too.
I've also since made a Parmesan risotto I might share with y'all too. But for now, start here....

1 quart chicken stock
2 cups water
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small to medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
1 cup Arborio rice
2 lemons
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup grated pecorino cheese, a couple of handfuls
     (I used fresh grated parmesan instead and it worked out nicely)
2 tablespoons slivered mint leaves
A handful basil tops, shredded or torn
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. In a large pot, heat the stock and 2 cups water over medium low heat.

2. In a risotto pot or large skillet with a rounded bottom, heat the extra-virgin olive oil over medium to medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic to pan and saute to soften 3 to 4 minutes Stir in the rice and add the zest of 1 lemon.

3. Heat the rice for 1 to 2 minutes, then add the wine and cook until evaporated. Add in the hot stock, a few ladles at a time, and stir for a minute with each addition, to develop the starch and the creamy aspect. Total cooking time will be about 18 minutes or so. Keep adding stock each time the pan starts to become dry at the edges. 

4. When rice is cooked to al dente, stir in the butter, lemon sections, juice of 1 lemon, the cheese and herbs. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and transfer to a serving bowl. Serve immediately.
Via Rachael Ray's Look & Cook

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  1. SO YUM!!
    also? i don't know how i've never clicked on your "meet the band" link before but i just did and it is so adorable!

  2. I haven't made risotto in awhile...this would be a good winter dish...

    but it's not the same without cheese...

    BTW. you mentioned you had some green smoothie recipes? please send them my way.

  3. Mmm, I love risotto too. I just made some this week as well-good stuff!

  4. Looks tasty! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  5. Wow! We love lemon and Risotto Doesn't get beter than that!

  6. Yum-o!! I am so freaked out by the thought of making Risotto but I think I may have to give this a try!

  7. I love it! I haven't made risotto yet either, but perhaps I'll try this one! : ) Thank you for the recipe--delish!

  8. Oooh...lemon risotto? Whoa. I had never heard of it til now. I love lemon...well, just about anything. So how could it miss in risotto? Answer: It can't possibly. I am so making this!!

    Visiting from Made By You Monday!

  9. This looks great! I would love for you to link this or any of your projects or recipes to my blog hop @ It's a Keeper Thursdays. http://www.everydaytastes.com/

    Thanks so much for sharing!


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