Baked Risotto Primavera
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.Advertisement
Heat oil in a Dutch oven or ovenproof high sided skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in rice and garlic; cook, stirring, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in wine and simmer until it has mostly evaporated. Add broth and bring to a boil. Cover the pan and transfer to the oven.
Bake until the rice is just tender, 50 minutes to 1 hour.
Shortly before the risotto is done, steam asparagus, peas and bell pepper until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes.
Fold the steamed vegetables, Parmesan, parsley, chives, lemon zest and pepper into the risotto. Serve immediately.
Ingredient Note: Use short- or medium-grain brown rice, available in natural-foods stores and large supermarkets, to achieve the characteristic creamy risotto texture. Lundberg Family Farms (www.lundberg.com) sells an excellent short-grain brown rice. Another source is dannysorganic.com.
1 1/2 starch, 1 1/3 vegetable, 1 lean protein, 1/2 fat