Recipe - Spring Vegtable Risotto

Spring Vegetable Risotto

Pair with Villa Bellangelo - Seyval Blanc, Riesling
Prep: 10 min. Cook: 20 min.     Yield: 4 Servings

The only other ingredient you need is a pressure cooker.  This cuts the cooking time down by a third!


    • 2 ½ tsp. olive oil
    • 2 small fennel bulbs, chopped (2 cups)
    • 8 green onions, chopped (1 cup)
    • 1 small leek, white and light green parts chopped (1 cup)
    • 5 cloves garlic, minced (5 tsp.)
    • 1 ½ cups Arborio rice
    • 3 ½ cups low-sodium vegetable broth
    • 1 cup chopped fresh mixed herbs, such as dill, tarragon, and basil, divided
    • 4 oz. aged goat cheese, grated (1 cup)


    1. Heat oil in pressure cooker over medium heat. Add fennel and green onions, and sauté 6 minutes, or until softened and beginning to brown. Transfer half of fennel mixture to small bowl; cover and keep warm.

    2. Add leek, garlic, and rice to remaining fennel mixture, stirring well to coat ingredients with oil. Stir in broth, and bring mixture to a boil.

    3. Lock pressure cooker lid in place. Increase heat to high, and bring to high pressure. Lower heat just enough to maintain high pressure, and cook 5 minutes.

    4. Reduce pressure with quick-release method, or according to equipment instructions. Gently remove lid,
    taking care to avoid escaping steam. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs, and season with salt and pepper,
    if desired.

    5. Divide risotto among 6 bowls. Top each serving with reserved fennel mixture, remaining herbs, and goat cheese.

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