Made with nutty brown rice that require plenty of stirring, this aromatic dish is a great way to utilize seasonal produce.
By Lauren Cosgrave
A great stress reliever for me is making risotto. The continuous stirring allows my mind to drift away from my worries while enjoying the aromatherapy of onions cooking in wine. The complex and rich smells of reducing wine make it my absolute favorite cooking scent.
I didn’t have any arborio rice so I tried it this time with short grain brown rice. Brown rice risotto has flavors and textures that are nutty, al dente and much more filling than white arborio. Any short grain rice will work, arborio is just the traditional Italian short grain rice that risotto is made with.
Although it is well worth the wait in taste and nutritional benefits, brown rice risotto will take almost twice as long to cook as white rice.
This recipe is a great excuse to get lots of little things done in the kitchen. Add some liquid and give it a good stir then put the dishes away. Add more liquid give it a stir and take out the garbage. Although risotto needs a lot of stirring it doesn’t need constant attention just a good baby sitter to keep an eye on the liquid level every 10 minutes or so.Print
Lauren is a flexitarian sailor navigating the kitchen and creator of the food blog "The Salty Tomato". A self-taught cook and bartender, her kitchen is almost completely vegan with an occasional animal product of the highest quality. She is passionate about food education and sharing new ways to cook with less animal products.