Baked Risotto With Greens and Peas
This easy baked risotto eliminates the constant stirring required in traditional risotto recipes. It’s laden with vegetables, namely kale and spinach, but other leafy greens like Swiss chard or collard greens would work equally well. If you happen to have some extra asparagus, sub it in for the peas. This risotto makes a great starter or side dish, but you can also turn it into a vegetarian main course by using vegetable or mushroom stock in place of the chicken broth, and topping it with sautéed mushrooms, a fried egg or crispy tofu slices. Leftovers can be refrigerated for two days and reheated with more broth, or repurposed into crunchy rice cakes or arancini. Simply form into patties or balls, coat in bread crumbs and shallow-fry until golden and crunchy.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 2tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- ½cup finely chopped yellow onion
- 1small garlic clove, minced
- 1cup Arborio rice (about 7 ounces)
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 4ounces green or lacinato kale (about ⅓ bunch), stems separated and thinly sliced, leaves stacked and cut into 1/4-inch-thick ribbons (about 4 packed cups)
- 3 ½cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 4ounces baby spinach (about 4 packed cups)
- 1cup frozen peas, thawed
- ¾cup grated Parmesan (3 ounces), plus more for garnish
- 3tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1tablespoon lemon juice
Step 1Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and stir until fragrant, 1 minute. Add rice, season with salt and pepper, and stir until coated in oil and lightly toasted, 2 minutes.
Step 2Add kale, season with salt and pepper, and stir until wilted, 30 seconds. Add broth and bring to a boil over high heat.
Step 3Cover and bake until almost all of the liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, about 20 minutes.
Step 4Stir in spinach and peas until spinach is wilted. Add Parmesan, butter and lemon juice, and stir until well blended and saucy. (Liquid will continue to absorb as risotto sits.) Season with salt and pepper. Serve in bowls and top with more Parmesan.