Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tomato Basil and Spinach Risotto II plus a Giveaway

Tonights dinner was mouth-watering.  Better yet, it was so easy.  This will definitely be a new regular dish in the Murdock household.  Read on and be sure to enter the giveaway!

2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon butter
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 cup arborio rice
2 roma tomatoes
2 cups baby spinach
handful of torn basil (fresh)
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Put your chicken broth in a sauce pan on the back burner, bring to a boil and then reduce heat to keep warm.  We will come back to it later.  Next, mince your garlic and add to the pan with butter- set to medium heat and let cook for about 30 seconds, bringing out the flavor of the garlic.  

Add in 3/4 cup arborio rice and stir until the rice is covered with butter. 

Next, using a ladle, pour 1/2 cup chicken broth into the pan and stir.  Keep stirring and watching the rice, once the liquid is almost absorbed, add 1/2 cup more.  Keep adding and stirring.  Turn up some good tunes, you'll be adding and stirring for about 20 minutes.  

Once you've added all the liquid and it's close to being absorbed (looking like this) it's time to add the tomatoes.  

Dice the tomatoes and add to the risotto, keep stirring.  

Next add the spinach, and you guessed it, keep stirring! 

Lastly, add in the parmesan cheese and turn off the heat.  Most of the liquid should be absorbed at this point.  And there you have it!  It's ready to serve!  I paired this with some easy marinated chicken, makes for a quick, healthy dinner!

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