You can count on this hearty, creamy risotto to lift your spirits inside and out. No need to be intimidated by this iconic Italian import - a trusty wooden spoon and good stirrin' hand are all you need to make this rich, tender rice dish. In our version, the nutty aroma of browned butter is suffused throughout the rice, and roasted Brussels sprouts and pecans top it off.
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You Will Need
Medium Oven-Safe Non-Stick Pan
Before You Cook
Prepare Ingredients and Make Broth
Peel and mince shallot.
Trim bottoms off Brussels sprouts and halve. (Quarter if larger than a ping-pong ball).
Stem and coarsely chop parsley.
Combine mirepoix base with 4 cups water in a small pot and place over medium-high heat. When it begins to steam (but before it simmers), reduce heat to low.
Cook the Brussels Sprouts and Pecans
Heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a medium oven-safe non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add Brussels sprouts to hot pan and stir occasionally, 5 minutes.
Stir in pecans and a pinch of salt and place pan in hot oven. Roast until Brussels are tender and pecans are toasted, 5-7 minutes.
Carefully (pan will be hot!), remove Brussels to a plate and tent with foil. Set aside.
Brown Butter and Toast Rice
Place a medium pot over medium heat. Add butter to hot pan and stir occasionally until butter smells "nutty," turns golden, and brown flecks appear, 1-3 minutes. Be alert: Browning happens quickly after butter stops sizzling.
Add shallot and cook until softened, 2 minutes.
Add rice to hot pot. Stir occasionally until rice is toasted and opaque, 1-2 minutes.
Add white wine and stir constantly until almost completely evaporated, 1 minute.
Make the Risotto
Add 1 cup water-mirepoix broth to pot with rice. Rice should just be covered by broth. Stir often until nearly all broth is absorbed.
Add ½ cup water-mirepoix broth and stir often until nearly all broth is absorbed. Repeat this process, stirring often, 18-20 minutes.
Taste risotto as you cook, checking for tenderness. When rice has no more “bite” or crunch, it's done. There may be broth left. If more liquid is needed, use hot water.
Remove from burner. Stir in Parmesan (reserve a pinch for garnish), parsley, ½ tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. pepper.
If risotto is too stiff, add ¼ cup remaining broth (or hot water if no broth remains) to loosen.
Finish the Dish
Plate dish as pictured on front of card, topping risotto with Brussels sprouts and pecans and garnishing with reserved Parmesan and goat cheese (crumbling with your hands if needed). Bon appétit!
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