Arborio rice, familiar from risotto, is simply boiled here and then tossed with peas, fresh mozzarella, Parmesan, and prosciutto. As soon as the mozzarella hits the heat, it melts to a delicate net that holds all the ingredients together.
Stir the rice into a medium pot of boiling, salted water and cook until almost done, about 15 minutes. Stir in the peas. Cook until the peas and rice are just done, about 2 minutes longer. Drain.
Put the rice and peas back in the hot pot. Stir in the mozzarella, Parmesan, butter, prosciutto, salt, and parsley. Serve immediately.
Variations : · Vary the herb here if you have access to a good fresh one. Chopped mint, chervil,sage, or fennel leaves would all be excellent. : · For a sharper-tasting dish, substitute 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano for the grated Parmesan, or use a combination of the two.
Fresh Mozzarella: Fresh mozzarella is a soft, mild white cheese that combines well with strong-flavored ingredients. The cheese, which is formed into a ball and usually packed floating in water in a plastic tub, is available both salted and unsalted. We find the unsalted variety too bland; a light salting brings out the cheese's elusive fresh-milk flavor.
Wine Recommendation: The traditional style of Italian white wines is crisp, clean, light-bodied, and fairly neutral in flavor--an ideal combination that won't overpower this dish. Soave, Frascati, and Orvieto will all work well, but a Vernaccia di San Gimignano, with its slightly fuller body and almond aroma, will be best of all.
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The flavors of this are excellent. The only thing is once you add the cheese the rice becomes really sticky. Next time I might retain a little of the water (about 1 or 2 tablespoons) in the pot to hopefully not make it as sticky. This is the second time I have made this and will make it again.
This recipe was perfect. Grains, vegetables, protein and so much flavor and texture. Plus it was easy to prepare at the end of the day. We enjoyed prepping, cooking and eating this while enjoying some nice, crisp white (for me) and red (my husband) wine. This is a new favorite. Will be made again and perhaps experimented with a bit (though it doesn't need any changes). We might add some onion and/or sun-dried tomatoes. Will gladly share w/friends and family.
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