Love risotto? Then you have to try this lovely carrot and parmesan risotto ~ it’s the ultimate cheery comfort food, and a perfect side dish!
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Why we love this recipe
Sometimes you come home from work, and all you want is a nice hot bowl of something comforting. And at the same time, you don’t want your supper to be, well, boring. And those are the nights that call for risotto.
Don’t be intimidated by all those recipes that tell you that you MUST stir risotto constantly for 30 minutes or until your stirring arm falls off, whichever comes first, because I am here to tell you that is NOT true.
You can make perfectly heavenly risotto by only stirring it here and there, I promise you.
Ingredients needed to make this cheesy carrot risotto!
- Chicken Broth
- Salt and Pepper
- White Wine
- Grated Parmesan Cheese
Here’s how you make carrot parmesan risotto!
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STEP 1: Start with a base of shredded carrots that you sauté for a few minutes in just the teeniest amount of butter.
STEP 2: Now toss in some rice…if you have the arborio variety that is great, but I actually used a nice basmati rice because that is what I happened to have on hand at the moment and it worked out just fine.
STEP 3: Pour in some chicken broth a cup at a time and stir every five minutes or so and you will be just fine.
(Here’s my trick: I put on my Ipod and stir at the end of every song…that’s about 3-5 minutes depending on your playlist. Yes, this risotto owes it all to my playlist of James Taylor songs, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.)
STEP 5: At the very end, when the rice is tender and the carrots have almost melted into it, you toss in a teeny bit more butter and a handful of grated parmesan cheese.
STEP 6: Spoon it into your favorite dish and grind enough pepper on top to give it just the right amount of kick. That’s all there is too it.
Creamy carrot risotto FAQ
You don’t, I promise! Stirring it every few minutes to release the starch from the rice will work just as well to keep your carroty risotto nice and creamy.
Arborio rice is a short grain rice that has lots of starch, and it is definitely the first choice for making any kind of risotto because all that starch creates all that creaminess. You can usually find it pretty easily in your supermarket hanging out with the other types of rice. But in a pinch you can use whatever rice you have around and it will still taste all kinds of delicious.
You can – simply swap in an equal amount of chicken broth and you are all set.
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In the fall this makes a great Thanksgiving side dish, and in the summer it would would be great with just about anything you cook on the grill…Buttermilk Chicken, for example.
And on those early spring days that are still just chilly enough to make you want a bowl of something warm and comfy…it doesn’t get too much better than this.Print