Whether the star of the show, or paired with a beautiful roast, this creamy veggie risotto should be a happy place for all of us! Go on, give it a try!
Are you already planning a killer at home Valentine’s Day dinner, or will you be spending the night out with someone special? Valentine’s Day falls on Saturday this year which means two things – I will have time to actually make dinner and I won’t be wanting to deal with everyone else out at the restaurants! Weekends and I just don’t get along when it comes to dining out. So, I guess this one is on me!
When it comes to special meals, I love the plotting and scheming.
I love planning a menu and coming up with a really cool dinner idea for the both of us. From start to finish (yeah, expect some dessert posts) special occasion dinners may be my favorite Date-Night-In’s. Don’t get me wrong – going out from time to time is mandatory. Some days I just get stir crazy and have to try a new place. And some days I am so tired from work the last thing I want to do is cook. But, on those days where I can step into the kitchen, tie that apron around my waist and get working on what I do best… those days are awesome. I turn up the classics, light some candles, and find my happy place. This risotto recipe, packed with delicious roasted veggies… this is my happy space.
This one was inspired by a dinner I had while traveling in Seattle. I think it may have been the firs time this GirlCarnivore ever ordered a vegetarian dish… but with a description like that…. could I really be blamed? Plus, there is something savory about brussels and the hearty tomato base that quiets that meat eating need. Whether the star of the show, or paired with a beautiful roast, this creamy veggie risotto should be a happy place for all of us! Go on, give it a try!
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- 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 4 tbs unsalted butter butter
- 1 onion, diced
- salt and pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups Arborio rice
- 3/4 cup dry white wine
- 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 cup Brussels sprouts, cut in half
- 1 cup butternut squash, cut into 1/4" cubes
- 2 carrots, cut into 1/4" pieces
- 1/2 red pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup small Mozzarella balls
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Toss the Brussels, butternut squash, and carrots with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and arrange on the baking sheet in a single layer. Toss in the oven to roast for about 25 minutes, stirring once, halfway through cook time. Add the red pepper for the last 8 to 10 minutes of cook time.
- Meanwhile, in a large pot, bring the broth and water to a boil. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer.
- In a large dutch oven over medium heat, melt 2 tbs butter. Swirl to coat pan. Add the onion and season with salt, Cook until the onion has softened, stirring, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the rice, and toast for about 3 minutes, stirring often. The edges of the rice will become translucent.
- Add the wine and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the tomatoes.
- Ladle in 5 cups of the simmering broth to the rice mixture and cook over medium-low heat, covered, for 15-20 minutes, until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Stir only a few times while cooking. Let the rice work it's magic.
- Finally, stir in 3/4 cups of the remaining broth into the rice. Remove from heat and stir in the roasted veggies and a few of the mozzarella balls. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve on platters and sprinkle each serving with a few of the mozzarella balls.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 711 Saturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 35mg Sodium: 294mg Carbohydrates: 101g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 7g Protein: 17g