Arugula Risotto

Today I’m super excited to be part of a nation wide virtual dinner party with some of my favorite people to celebrate Lucy Lean and her fabulous new cookbook, Made in America. Lucy and I have known each other now for a few years and I can always count on her for a great time whether it be her throwing a garden picnic in her beautiful home, or a night out somewhere fabulous with lots of wine! She is one of a kind and I’m so happy to share her new book with you.

Made in America is a gorgeous cookbook filled with chefs from all over America who shared their favorite jazzed up comfort food. Lucy traveled the country meeting, interviewing and tasting everything these great chefs had to offer. (Needless to say I’m slightly jealous. I mean who wouldn’t want to eat with some of the most amazing chefs this country has to offer!) Some of my favorites include, Suzanne Goin, Jose Andres, Lidia Bastianich and Wolfgang Puck. Each chef provided their comfort food classic with their own personalized spin… and these recipes sure don’t disappoint! I mean Ludo Lefebvre’s Duck Fat-Fried Chicken pretty much makes my mouth water just by looking at the cover of the book.

Other fabulous recipes include Lobster Rolls, Truffled Mac and Cheese and this delicious Arugula Risotto. Risotto is high on my life of comforting foods. It’s creamy texture and flavoring makes it the perfect dish to put in a bowl and curl up on the couch with. Or you could totally use it for a virtual dinner party which is what I’m doing today!

This risotto hit the spot! Its’ peppery and creaminess is just kind of perfect for this time of year. Although I’m pretty sure it’s going to be happening at all times of the year in my kitchen. Even my boyfriend – who always wants a protein with dinner, loved this on it’s own! #win

Made in America + Arugula Risotto + A Giveaway!

Made in America + Arugula Risotto + A Giveaway!

From Made in America


  • 4 cups arugula
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 2 tbsp shallots, minced
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp mascarpone cheese
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt


  1. Blanch the arugula in boiling salted water for 30 seconds and then submerge in an ice bath to keep the color in tact. Transfer arugula to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Heat a saute pan over medium heat and add the olive oil and rice. Stir for about 30 seconds until the rice just begins to toast. Add the shallots and give it a quick stir.
  3. Continue to cook the rice for about 1 more minute and then add the wine. Once the wine has evaporated, add the vegetable stock, 1/2 cup at a time. Stir the rice constantly and add another 1/2 cup of stock once the previous addition has been absorbed. Continue this process till you have no more stock.
  4. Once all the stock has been absorbed, remove the rice from the heat and add the mascarpone and parmesan cheese as well as the blended arugula. Season with salt and stir to combine.
  5. Let the risotto sit for 2 minutes and then serve.


Made in America is available on Amazon so check it out!

AND… because Made in America is such an amazing and beautiful book and I don’t think anyone should have to live without it – I am giving away 1 copy! Then the lucky winner can make tons of fabulous recipes like Wolfgang Puck’s Goulash, or Nancy Silverton’s English Muffins, or Ludo’s Duck Fat Fried Chicken! 

To enter, just leave a quick comment telling me your favorite comfort food of all times!! Mine – definitely a super cheesy Mac and Cheese with Lobster. OMG yes please. I could go for some of that right about now!

For a second entry, head on over to What’s Gaby Cooking on Facebook, and leave a comment there letting all of facebook know what your fav comfort food is, then return here leaving another comment saying you did so.

The giveaway begins today, Saturday, October 8, 2011, and ends next Friday, October 14th, at Midnight PST. Winners will be announced that evening and then the winners books will be shipped out shortly after.

Check out some other recipes from Made In America from other dinner party guests…

Lucy  (LA)

Rachael (L.A.)

Nicole (Fresno)

Greg (L.A.)

Jaden (Florida)

Maggy (NYC)

Georgia (Austin, TX)

Marla (L.A.)

Brooke (LA)

Michael (SF)

Nancy (LA)

Amanda (AL)

Esi (LA)

Carrie  (CA)

Molly  (CA)

Aida (LA)


Kristina (LA)

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  1. Tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich is my favorite comfort food meal. So warm and cheesy, yum!

  2. I love thanksgiving dinner! and love to recreate it in sandwich form and or a less labor intensive version when it’s not November! Can’t wait to make this arugula pesto!

  3. This risotto looks wonderful.
    Favorite comfort food – a nice chili topped with avocado and a wedge of cornbread.

  4. Gaby, aren’t we lucky to know miss Lucy?? Next time we need to join her on her travels. Or perhaps we could have you cook up each recipe from the book?? Lovely risotto :)

  5. My all time favorite comfort food is tomato bisque and grilled cheese. I’m particular about the grilled cheese though, has to be sourdough and Tillamook Cheddar. Perfect rainy day food.

  6. The juiciest cheeseburger with pickles and the crispiest sweet potato fries. And since this is just a fantasy, a slice of warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream for dessert.

  7. Wow, I cannot WAIT to try this! I just love the concept of this book, well done Lucy! Thanks for posting, Gaby!

    And now my entry: my favorite comfort food is most definitely my mom’s seafood pasta. I grew up in New England so it’s always jam packed full of amazing local sea fare…my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

  8. My favorite comfort food is my moms chicken and dumplings. I can never get mine to taste like hers :(

  9. My absolute comfort food has always been and will always be Kraft 3 Cheese Shells Macaroni and Cheese. or pretty much any Macaroni and Cheese :)
    (risotto is right up there, though. I must make this!)

  10. I have got to say that my favorite FAVORITE dish is my dad’s lamb curry. YUM. It is so time consuming, but sooooooooo worth it and absolutely perfect for this lovely fall weather!

    Thanks for this arugula recipe! I’m excited to try it this weekend.

  11. If I had to eat just one food for the rest of my life, it would be tapioca pudding. My ultimate comfort food.

  12. Mac and cheese is for sure my favorite comfort food. It is so versatile and you can add whatever you want. I can’t wait to try this risotto recipe…I LOVE arugula!

  13. mmmm my favorite comfort food is definitely oatmeal. I can eat it for every meal of the day. And this risotto sounds fantastic, I’m definitely going to need to make it!!

  14. I don’t know if it qualifies as comfort food for many people, but there is something soothing in a slice of good pecan pie.

  15. Such a great dish! My fav comfort food is spinach gnocchetti in a creamy gorgonzola sauce, topped with a dash of nutmeg.

  16. Fabulous recipe! My fav comfort food is my grandma’s gnocchi, super soft and with lots of tomato sauce

  17. That looks amazing! I’d say that my comfort food is my mom feijoada – a Brazilian black bean and meat stew. It takes me right back to my childhood in Brazil and all my family that is still back there. It is rich, smokey, and makes me completly happy when i get a big plate of it!

  18. Chicken and waffles. Pull the chicken meat off the bone with your hands and tear it up so it has little bits of crunchy coating in irregular places and pile it on the waffles. Then pour chicken gravy over everything (not country gravy). Corn on the side. OR, green beans are OK too.

    Wish I was eating this now. *SOB*

  19. Sounds like a wonderful and a must have….my favorite comfort food is a nice thick cut of grilled Rib Eye Steak served with cream corn and mashed potatoes. Yum! Thanks for a chance to win this book.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  20. Oh man…my favorite comfort food is definitely a thick chicken noodle soup (more like a stew), heavy on the noodles, with crusty bread on the side. Or better yet, in a bread bowl. Bring on the carbs!

  21. My dad’s chicken soup…there is nothing in the world as delicious and comforting as homemade chicken soup

  22. I can’t limit it to just one favorite food but can narrow it down to two – country-style mac ‘n cheese and homemade spaghetti and meatballs. Yum!

  23. Favorite comfort meal would have to be my grandma’s beef stew. I’ve attempted to make it just as is, but she has that magic touch!

  24. Homemade chicken n’ dumplings. My sister made some for my nephew who returned from a year in Afghanistan this weekend – it was a wonderful “Welcome Home” meal fit for a hero!

  25. Anything my mother made, I would just love to talk to her one more time and her my son say Maw Maw Ann you sure are a good cooker!

  26. My grandma’s pot roast. She’d make it every Sunday with homemade gravy and potatoes. I miss it so much–I haven’t yet been able to recreate it!

  27. My favorite comfort food…I would say that most kinds of pasta fall into this category. My mom’s meat sauce recipe and seafood cream sauce would probably be the top two!

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