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Risotto with Pancetta, Zucchini, Basil & Parmesan

Risotto with Pancetta, Zucchini, Basil & Parmesan


1 tablespoon softened butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped roughly
1 large garlic clove
1/2 cup thinly sliced pancetta, chopped roughly
  1 1/3 cups Arborio or Carnaroli rice
2 small zucchini, grated coarsely
3/4 cup dry white wine
4 cups hot chicken bouillon stock
8 basil leaves, chopped roughly
  1/2 teaspoon salt
  Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese

Cooking Instructions

1. Heat the butter and oil together in the French Oven over a medium heat on the stovetop. Add the onion, garlic, and pancetta. Fry gently, stirring continuously, until they just begin to color.
2. Stir in the rice and cook until all the butter and oil are absorbed. Add the zucchini and cook for 1 minute. Move the Wide Oven away from the heat, add the wine and 1 cup of the hot stock, together with the basil leaves and seasonings.
3. Return the Wide Oven to the heat, stir well and leave to simmer gently for 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
4. Add 1 cup of the hot stock and continue simmering and stirring for 10-15 minutes longer. Repeat this process until all the stock is used. After the last addition, stir frequently. The consistency should be very moist and creamy with the rice grains soft, but remaining whole.
5. Remove the Wide Oven from the heat and stir in three quarters of the parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top as it is served.

Recipe provided by Le Creuset

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