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Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

Bacon and Leek Risotto

Serve with sautéed Broccolini and a warm French bread baguette.

Cooking Light JANUARY 2014

  • Yield: Serves 8 (serving size: about 2/3 cup)
  • Hands-on:50 Minutes
  • Total:50 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 bacon slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cups thinly sliced leek (about 4 large)
  • 1/2 cup sliced shallots
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups uncooked Arborio rice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preparation

1. Bring stock and 2 cups water to a simmer in a medium saucepan (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.

2. Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add leek, shallots, thyme, and garlic to pan; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Stir in rice; cook 2 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup stock mixture; cook 5 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Reserve 1/3 cup stock mixture. Add remaining stock mixture, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring constantly until liquid is absorbed before adding more (about 25 minutes total). Stir in lemon juice, butter, pepper, salt, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Remove pan from heat. Stir in reserved 1/3 cup stock mixture. Sprinkle with reserved bacon and chopped parsley. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 305
  • Fat: 7.9g
  • Saturated fat: 3.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.6g
  • Protein: 12.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 47.8g
  • Fiber: 3.3g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
  • Iron: 1.8mg
  • Sodium: 394mg
  • Calcium: 128mg
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