Here's the original recipe with my comments interspersed:
Instead of using the pricier traditional Arborio rice, we experimented with long-grain white rice in this risotto. Surprise! It yields results that are just as creamy and delicious. [kxm: I had some Arborio rice, but it was old and had gone rancid, so I also used long-grain white rice, and I'm not disappointed in the results.]
- 2 - 14.5oz cans of broth [kxm: I used homemade vegetable stock & cubes b/c I was low]
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
- 6 medium carrots, grated
- coarse salt & ground pepper
- 1-1/4 cups long grain white rice (or Arborio)
- 1/2 cup dry white wine (I didn't have this on hand, so I used stock with a couple of capfuls of lemon juice in it)
- 1/4 cup Parmesan
1) In a saucepan, bring broth and 2 cups water to barely a simmer over medium heat.
2) In a large saucepan, melt 1 Tbsp butter over medium heat. Add onion and carrots; season with salt and pepper [kxm: I used lemon pepper and recommend it if you have it on hand.] Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5-7 minutes. Stir in rice. Add wine [or stock w/lemon juice]; cook, stirring, until absorbed, 1-2 minutes.
3) Add 2 cups broth; simmer over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until mostly absorbed before adding more. Cook until rice is creamy and just tender, about 20 minutes (you may not need all the broth) [kxm: I probably had 1/2 cup left].
4) Remove risotto from heat. Stir in parmesan and 1 tablespoon butter and season with salt and pepper.
I am not entirely sure, but I suspect that I had a lot more carrots than maybe I was supposed to, as my 'medium' carrots were pretty big. As such, and because I really like Parmesan, I probably used more like 1/3 - 1/2 a cup of cheese. For a time saver, I grated the onion in the food processor with the carrots and then just dumped it all into the pan.
If you are looking to save calories, you could probably use a lighter calorie oil instead of butter and/or forgo the last tablespoon with the cheese.
This was easier than I anticipated, and I'm not displeased with the results at all. Thanks, Inky!