Risotto is my meal of choice when I’m aiming to impress! And this year for Valentine’s Day we’re staying in and I’ll be whipping up this Carrot and Parmesan Risotto, a grilled steak and a salad!
Don’t worry – your go-to Valentine’s Day Menu is coming to the blog on Friday… but in the meantime, I wanted to wrap everyones head around Carrot and Parmesan Risotto. I’m a risotto kinda gal. I’ve made it every which way under the sun and I’ll never tire of it. But let’s rewind a bit, shall we?
Back when I first started culinary school, I was the pickiest eater known to man. I ate buttered noodles for most of my life and when we got to the vegetable section of culinary school, I was tasked with making a mushroom dish. First – mushrooms? I almost died. I had never had them before and what on earth was I supposed to do with a fungus? Second – I wasn’t allowed to pair it with something I was comfortable making. So pasta went right out the window. My culinary school teacher laughed at me and told me if I didn’t man up, I’d never make it in the culinary world. Obviously, being the competitive person I am, took that as a personal challenge and went to town. I made what I consider to be the best risotto ever and topped it with caramelized mushrooms. Life was forever changed. And I’ve been on the risotto train ever since. Today it’s all about carrots and parmesan because we eat with our eyes first and this is GORGEOUS! So, don’t be scared about making risotto – and if you still are, tune into snapchat on Friday cause I’ll be whipping one up live and can take your questions.
Over and out.
Carrot and Parmesan Risotto
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
- 2 cups shredded carrots
- 2 cups arborio rice
- 3/4 cup dry white wine
- 7 cups chicken stock warmed
- 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 3 tbsp mascarpone
- 1/3 cup chives
- coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- Melt the butter in a marge heavy bottom pot over medium high heat.
- Add the onion and cook for 4-5 minutes until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic and stir to combine. Add the shredded carrots and cook for 1 minute more.
- Add the arborio rice and stir to coat the rice with the butter. Cook the rice for about 2 minutes until the outer edges of the rice are translucent and the middle still white. Pour in the white wine and deglaze the bottom of the pan. Cook until the wine has evaporated.
- Add 1 cup of the chicken stock and cook until the stock has evaporated. Repeat this step a few times until you've used all of the stock. The rice should look almost like a porridge and have just a slight bit of a bite when tasted.
- Add Parmesan cheese, mascarpone cheese and chives and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.