Monday, November 2, 2009

Cheesy Corn, Spinach, Bacon and Mushroom Risotto

Now that I have my children's attention when it comes to Rissotto they haven't stopped requesting it when asked what they would like for dinner. I have to say this recipe is similar to the Bacon and Mushroom Rissotto I cooked not long ago but I thought it would be okay to share it with you all.

I used frozen corn kernals and baby spinach leaves to the original recipe along with extra parmesan cheese, as "cheesy please" was requested by the children. It was quite nice I have to admit ~ mind you Noel still refers to it as gluggy rice pudding! LOL!! I am glad that the kids are starting to enjoy different rice dishes.

Cheesy Corn, Spinach, Bacon and Mushroom Risotto

Serves: 6
Points per serve: 5

1 litre (4 cups) water
1 tablespoon chicken stock powder
1 tablespoon reduced fat spread
1 brown onion, finely chopped
2 rashers middle bacon, rind and visible fat removed
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 1/2 cups (325 grams) arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine, such as chardonnay
1/2 cup corn kernals, frozen
200 grams button mushrooms, finely sliced
200 grams baby spinach leaves
2 teaspoons fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
50 grams (1/2 cup) fresh parmesan, finely grated
freshly ground black pepper

In a small saucepan mix together the water and stock powder. Heat stock and keep simmering over a low heat.

In a large heavy based saucepan heat reduced fat spread over a medium heat. Add onion, bacon and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until golden

Add the rice into the onion mixture. Cook, stirring, until completely combined. Add the wine and cook, stirring for 3 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by half.

Using a ladle add the stock, one ladle at a time. Stirring continuously after each addition until all the liquid is absorbed, this should take approximately 20 minutes.

Stir in corn kernals and mushrooms. Cook, stirring, for 5 - 10 minutes or until corn is cooked and the mushrooms are tender and liquid absorbed.

Remove from heat and stir in the parsley and parmesan. Season with freshly ground black pepper.

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1 comment:

redkathy said...

Oh this looks fabulous, so rich and creamy. A wonderful blend of flavors.