Salty prosciutto, sweet peas, and Asiago cheese make flavorful additions to the basic recipe for risotto. Serve it in bowls as a main dish.

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Ingredients

Basic Risotto:

Risotto with Peas and Prosciutto:

Directions

Basic Risotto:

  • In large pot, bring chicken broth to a simmer.

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  • In large, heavy-bottom pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic; sauté for 2 minutes.

  • Add rice to onion, stirring to evenly coat with the oil; cook for 1 minute. Add wine and salt; cook, stirring constantly, until all the wine is absorbed, about 5 minutes.

  • Add 2 cups of the simmering broth to the rice. Stir over medium-high heat until all the liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes; the mixture should remain at a low boil. Add the remaining broth, 1 cup at a time, stirring continuously, until all the broth is absorbed before adding the next 1 cup broth. All the broth should be absorbed after about 25 to 30 minutes of total cooking time. The mixture should be thick and creamy and the rice tender.

  • Remove 4 cups of the warm risotto and transfer to a large bowl. Cover the pot with the remaining risotto and remove from heat. With rice in bowl, quickly proceed with steps 1 and 2 of Tex-Mex Risotto Cakes with Yogurt-Cilantro Sauce (see recipe www.familycircle.com).

Risotto with Peas and Prosciutto:

  • Into remaining risotto in pot, gently stir peas, prosciutto, oregano, Asiago and nutmeg. Serve risotto immediately with slices of crusty bread and green salad. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts

427 calories; 13 g total fat; 18 mg cholesterol; 1516 mg sodium. 59 g carbohydrates; 12 g protein;

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