- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced fine (or 3 shallots, if you have them)
- 1/2 carrot, minced
- 2 cups arborio (or carnaroli) rice
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1.5 boxes of hot chicken broth
- some pancetta, diced (we used cooked pulled pork)
- 2-3 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
- shucked English peas, about 1-2 cups
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 2-3 brown mushrooms (porcini preferable)
- pea tendrils or shoots (or use baby spinach) — didn’t use but sounds fab
- chopped parsley
- grated Parmesan
- Melt butter in a heavy, wide saucepan over medium high heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Or cook at lower heat for longer time.
- Stir in rice and season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking for 2 minutes, until translucent. Add the minced carrot and sliced garlic.
- Add the white wine, stirring, until it evaporates.
- Add 2 ladles of hot chicken broth (simmering in a separate pot, you can also dilute by rinsing the container with water) and bring to a brisk simmer. Cook 6 minutes, stirring regularly as broth is absorbed. Add 2 more ladles of broth and cook for another 6 minutes, until rice is cooked through, but firm. Every time all of the liquid is absorbed, add more stock — do not let dry out!
- Add pancetta (or prosciutto or pork of your choice) and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add minced bell pepper, stir to coat and cook 1 minute. When you get to this last cup of water, add the peas and chopped mushrooms. Season generously with salt and pepper. Add 1/2 cup broth and simmer until peas are done, about 2 minutes. Add pea tendrils and cook until just wilted, about 1 minute.
- if the rice is still crunchy, don’t stop – you want the rice to be a little al dente, but not so much you’re gnawing on raw grain.
- Mix pea mixture with rice mixture and gently stir together. Add enough broth to keep rice a bit soupy. Check seasoning. Stir in parsley, lemon zest and Parmesan.
- Serve immediately.
Visiting family, wanted to use up the arborio rice I found in the back of their cupboard. They also had bought chicken stock in bulk so…