What’s for Dinner: Baked Spinach & Pea Risotto

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We had a friend over for dinner, and I tried out this Real Simple recipe. The verdict is in; I will not be making stovetop risotto anymore. Baking is soo much easier.

The tiny portion of leftovers that I have for lunch.

Serves 4
Hands-on Time: 10m
Total Time: 35m

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 4 ounces flat-leaf spinach, roughly chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan (1 ounce), plus more for serving
Directions
1. Heat oven to 425° F. Heat the butter in a medium Dutch oven or ovenproof pot over medium-high heat. Add the shallot, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring often, until soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the wine and cook, stirring, until almost evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the broth and rice and bring to a boil.
2. Cover the pot and transfer to oven. Cook until the rice is tender and creamy, 20 to 25 minutes.
3. Add the peas, spinach, Parmesan, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper to the pot and stir to combine. If the risotto is too thick, stir in up to ¼ cup hot water. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan before serving.

To make the recipe a tad bit quicker, I just bought baby spinach and skipped the chopping. I paired this with lemon pepper rotisserie chicken and bakery bread and butter.