This updated spring classic calls for nutty-tasting short-grain brown rice instead of the traditional white arborio. Because the cooking time is longer with whole-grain rice, this risotto is cooked in the oven rather than on the stovetop, eliminating the need for almost constant stirring.
Ingredient Note: Use short- or medium-grain brown rice to achieve the characteristic creamy risotto texture.
Preheat oven to 425°F
Heat oil in a Dutch oven or ovenproof deep sauté pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in rice and garlic; cook, stirring, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in wine and simmer until it has mostly evaporated. Add broth and bring to a boil. Cover the pan and transfer to the oven.
Bake until the rice is just tender, 50 minutes to 1 hour.
Shortly before the risotto is done, steam asparagus, peas and bell pepper until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes.
Fold the steamed vegetables, Parmesan, parsley, chives, lemon zest and pepper into the risotto. Serve immediately.
Makes 6 servings, about 1 cup each.
Prep Time: 25 Minutes | Start to Finish: 1 Hour 10 Minutes | Ease of Preparation: Moderate
Per Serving: 267 Calories; 8 g Fat (3 g sat, 3 g mono); 11 mg Cholesterol; 35 g Carbohydrate; 12 g Protein; 3 g Fiber; 607 mg Sodium.
Nutritional Bonus: 65 mg Vitamin C (110% DV), 30% DV Vitamin A, 253 mg Calcium (25% DV) .