Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add pancetta to pan; cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove pancetta with a slotted spoon, reserving drippings in pan.
Add leek and garlic to drippings in pan; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Combine stock and flour, stirring with a whisk. Add stock mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Add cream cheese and thyme; stir until cheese melts.
Knead rice pouches to separate grains. Stir rice, salt, and pepper into pan; simmer 8 minutes or until sauce is thickened and creamy. Gradually add spinach, stirring until spinach wilts. Remove from heat; stir in Parmigiano-Reggiano. Sprinkle with pancetta.
You May Like
Sign Up for our Newsletter
Join our newsletter for free recipes, healthy living inspiration, and special offers.
This risotto had wonderful flavor- not bland at all! I'd say it was pretty close to real risotto and WAY less hassle. It gets less creamy if you let it sit so make sure you serve it pretty soon after it is done
I make a lot of risottos. This wasn't nearly as creamy as a risotto. I wouldn't necessarily say is succeeds as a risotto fake out, but that said, it was tasty. Just call it a rice dish though. I used turkey bacon instead of pancetta. Decent, but I won't make again.
I made my own (brown) rice but otherwise followed the recipe, and we thought this was great! It was super creamy and the pancetta gave it a lovely richness. I'll definitely try this method with other risotto recipes in the future.
This is good but there were things I didn't like. I chose to use basmati rice. If I made this again I would use a shorter grained rice such as a medium grain Mexican rice. The longer grain just don't say risotto. It also lacked a little richness. I made half a recipe and should have used a smaller pan, that might have helped. It just needed a little more interest.
Easy & delicious. I used frozen basmati rice & frozen presliced leeks from Trader Joes and halved the recipe without any problems. It's even better the next day. Will definitely be added to the rotation.
Eat Well. Lose Weight. Live Healthy. Delicious and healthy recipes customized for you!