Forgive the picture, but when I cook at night, the photos just don’t turn out as well as I’d like. If we were going to be here for more than a year, I’d build myself a light box or something. But for now? I’ll just tell you that this dish is worth trying, and prettier than you might think.
It’s a springtime risotto, and a weeknight take on a dish we had in NYC during restaurant week at the DB Bistro. That version was also a risotto, and also used a sort of arugula pesto (as far as I could tell) to make the dish a vibrant green color. Its sweetness was from butternut squash, which was appropriate for January but not quite right somehow for the start of spring. So I improvised: I sweetened some chicken broth with a bunch of carrots and used that as the base for the dish.
This isn’t a recipe so much as a formula. I find risotto pretty easy for a weeknight meal, especially when we’re short on ingredients. Yes, there is stirring involved, but not as much as you think … Just don’t turn up the heat too much.
** I’m on vacation at the moment, and wrote this post before I left. Be back at the end of May with more about my trip! **
Recipe after the jump.