(from Everyday Italian)
4 cups homemade chicken stock
3 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup finely chopped onion (about 1/2 an onion)
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
My add-ins: 7-8 dried morel mushrooms soaked in hot milk, 2 diced and roasted sweet potatoes, 1 pork chop
Before getting the risotto started, I diced the sweet potatoes and tossed in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt/pepper. I roasted them on a baking sheet at 425 for 35 minutes (stirring after 25 minutes). Be careful not to let these cook too much. You don't want too hard of a crust on them. The mushrooms also needed to be reconstituted - so I heated up some milk until almost boiling and covered the mushrooms with the hot milk. The bowl was covered and left for about 30 minutes.
The pork chop had been sitting in the fridge with a rub on it for 24 hours (was meaning to use it for something else). It was grilled on high for about 3-4 minutes per side. It remained VERY moist while getting such a pretty crust from the sugar in the rub (used a sweet commercial rub). It was sliced and served on top of the risotto.
Add-in instructions: the mushrooms (and the milk they soaked in) were added to the onions after they turned translucent. The sweet potato was stirred in with the parm at the very end.
Directions from recipe
Bring the broth to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cover the broth and keep it warm over very low heat.
Melt the butter in a heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until translucent, about 8 minutes. Stir in the rice and cook for about 2 minutes until the rice is toasted. Add the wine and stir until it is absorbed, about 1 minute. Add 3/4 cup of hot broth; simmer over medium-low heat until the liquid is absorbed, stirring often, about 6 minutes. Repeat, adding 3/4 cup of hot broth 2 more times, stirring often, about 12 minutes longer. At this point, the risotto can be made 4 hours ahead. Refrigerate the risotto (the rice will still be firm) and remaining broth, uncovered, until cool, then cover and keep them refrigerated until ready to proceed.
Bring the remaining broth to a simmer, then cover and keep it warm over very low heat. Stir 3/4 cup of hot broth into the partially cooked risotto over medium heat until the broth is absorbed and the risotto is hot, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining broth and simmer until the rice is just tender and the mixture is creamy, about 5 minutes longer.Add the 1/2 cup of Parmesan. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Spoon the risotto into bowls. Sprinkle additional cheese over and serve.