Two methods are included here for this subtly flavored risotto. For the conventional method, chicken broth is added a little at a time and the rice is stirred between additions. The microwave technique does not need constant stirring. It also uses less chicken stock because there is less evaporation during cooking.

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Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 1993

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50 mins
Servings:
6
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Ingredients

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  • Conventional method

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  • Blanch carrots in boiling water until just tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain. Heat broth in a medium saucepan until simmering; keep warm.

  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven or other wide saucepan over low heat. Add fennel and onions; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 7 to 10 minutes. Add rice and stir for 1 minute to coat grains. Add wine and cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth and cook, stirring frequently, until most of the liquid has been absorbed, 3 to 5 minutes. Continue adding the broth, about 1/2 cup at a time, and cooking, stirring frequently, until the rice is just tender and the mixture is creamy, about 15 minutes. Add peas and the cooked carrots. Stir in cheese and Pernod, if using. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

  • Microwave method

  • Combine carrots with 2 tablespoons water in a microwave-safe dish. Cover with vented plastic wrap and microwave on High until just tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain and set aside. Combine 4 cups broth and wine in a 4-cup glass measuring cup and microwave on High until simmering, 5 to 6 minutes.

  • Stir together oil, fennel and onions in a 3-quart microwave-safe casserole. Microwave, uncovered, on High until vegetables have softened, 5 to 6 minutes, stirring once. Add rice; stir to coat the grains. Pour in the chicken-broth mixture, cover with lid or vented plastic wrap, and microwave on High until boiling, 5 to 6 minutes. Microwave on Medium until the rice is just tender and the mixture is creamy, 15 to 17 minutes, rotating once if necessary. Add peas and the cooked carrots. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir in cheese and Pernod, if using. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Nutrition Facts

304 calories; protein 11.6g 23% DV; carbohydrates 48.7g 16% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 4.1g 17% DV; sugars 5g; fat 5.5g 9% DV; saturated fat 2.3g 12% DV; cholesterol 11.5mg 4% DV; vitamin a iu 4362.8IU 87% DV; vitamin c 12.1mg 20% DV; folate 36.7mcg 9% DV; calcium 150.9mg 15% DV; iron 1.5mg 8% DV; magnesium 25.4mg 9% DV; potassium 496.7mg 14% DV; sodium 859.6mg 34% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 9% DV.

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09/06/2016
I used half the parmesan and added more veggies (8 carrots and 1 5 fennel). It tasted divine!! I was worried it was too little though... we are 5 (including 3 children) and it was JUST enough for us. But it was so good everyone wished they could have had seconds;-) Read More