I’ve always liked risotto but have been too intimidated to try making it. It has a reputation for being labor intensive and I always see it on the menu of upscale restaurants so I just assumed it was difficult to make. A few weeks ago I saw this recipe for pear and radicchio risotto in a new cookbook and decided to give it a try. I couldn’t believe how easy it was! I’ve since made this recipe a few times and it always comes out perfectly. While it was nowhere near as difficult as I thought it would be, you do have to keep a really close eye on the pan while the risotto is cooking. I would recommend having all your ingredients prepped before you start cooking, you don’t want to turn your back on the pan to chop the pear and end up burning the rice. Read on for the full recipe from the Australian Women’s Weekly Fast Fresh Vegetarian cookbook.
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 1 cup water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion finely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 2 medium pears
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
- 1 medium radicchio shredded coarsely
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
In a medium saucepan bring stock and water to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan cook onion over medium heat until translucent. Add rice and stir mixture until well mixed and lightly toasted. Add white wine and stir gently until the wine is mostly absorbed.
Add 1 cup of broth and stir until almost evaporated. Continue adding 1 cup batches of broth, stirring mixture until absorbed before adding the next batch.
Cut the pears into wedges, removing the core and seeds. Heat butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Cook pear until tender. Add balsamic vinegar glaze and stir to coat.
Remove risotto from heat and stir in remaining butter, radicchio and parmesan. Serve topped with pear, parsley and thinly shaved parmesan cheese. Best enjoyed with the remainder of the bottle of white wine while wearing stretchy pants. Enjoy!