Roasted Red Pepper Risotto


This is a great way to dress up a simple dinner or to handle unexpected guests. Pick up a rotisserie chicken or two or a vegetable stir-fry, and a precooked vegetable, such as asparagus vinaigrette. Make this risotto, open a bottle of wine and everyone will think you’re amazing.


Roasted Red Pepper Risotto
Serves 6
  1. 1 cup short-grain brown rice 250 mL
  2. 1 cup water 250 mL
  3. 1 tbsp olive oil 15 mL
  4. 1 onion, finely chopped
  5. 2 tbsp diced pancetta, optional 30 mL
  6. 1⁄2 tsp sweet or hot paprika 2 mL
  7. 1⁄4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 mL
  8. 1⁄2 cup dry white wine or additional stock 125 mL
  9. 11⁄2 cups reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable stock 375 mL
  10. 3⁄4 cup diced roasted red peppers (about 2) 175 mL
  11. 2 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese 30 mL
  1. 1. In a bowl, combine rice and water. Stir well. Cover and set aside for at least 3 hours or overnight. Drain, reserving liquid
  2. 2. In a heavy saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, heat oil over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add onion and pancetta, if using, and cook, stirring, until onion softens, about 3 minutes. Add paprika and black pepper and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add wine and cook, stirring, until liquid evaporates, about 5 minutes. Add stock and reserved soaking liquid and bring to a boil. Stir in rice and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 35 minutes.
  3. 3. Stir in red peppers. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan. Serve immediately.
  1. Variations
  2. Risotto with Cabbage: Substitute 2 cups (500 mL) thinly shredded cabbage (preferably Savoy) for the roasted red peppers and 1⁄2 tsp (2 mL) dried thyme leaves for the paprika.
  3. Smoked Cheese Risotto: Omit pancetta, paprika and roasted red peppers. Add 2 cloves minced garlic, along with the onion. After the rice is tender (Step 3), stir in 1 cup (250 mL) shredded smoked Gouda or mozzarella until melted, then add Parmesan.
Judith Finlayson
Posted in Gluten-Free, Grains & Legumes, Recipes, Vegetarian & Vegan.


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