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Risotto with Corn and Basil

Photo: Oxmoor House
Hands-on time 5 mins
Total time 24 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 cup)
Risotto is great because you can add practically any ingredient to it and it will taste delicious. This is a great version for the summer.

Ingredients

  • 1 (32-ounce) container fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 ounces grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (about 1/2 cup), divided

Nutrition Information

  • calories 132
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 3.5 g
  • satfat 1.3 g
  • monofat 1.5 g
  • polyfat 0.3 g
  • protein 3.4 g
  • carbohydrate 21.6 g
  • fiber 1.6 g
  • cholesterol 4 mg
  • iron 0.3 mg
  • sodium 237 mg
  • calcium 21 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring broth to a simmer in a 2-quart saucepan (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.

  2. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add olive oil and butter; cook until butter melts. Add onion; cook 2 minutes or until golden, stirring occasionally. Add rice; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine; cook 1 to 2 minutes or until wine evaporates, stirring constantly. Add broth, 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of broth is absorbed before adding the next (about 12 minutes total). Remove from heat.

  3. Add corn, next 3 ingredients (through salt), and 1/3 cup cheese, stirring gently until cheese melts. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Serve immediately.

  4. Tip: If you've never made risotto, there are a few tricks. Make sure your broth is warm. Also, you always want to keep a thin veil of liquid on the rice. When it starts to evaporate, you know it's time to add more. And keep stirring! It may seem like forever, but risotto only takes 12 to 15 minutes to cook once you've added the rice to the pan. Toward the end of cooking, make sure to keep tasting it. You want to pull it off the heat while it's still a bit al dente.

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