Romaine Risotto

September  9, 2012
3 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Romaine has never been my favorite salad, and I have always gone to great lengths to find alternative uses for it – grilled, broiled, braised, simmered -- you name it. Under such “unorthodox” treatments, romaine unleashes all these wonderful flavors that remain hidden in the raw leaves and takes a life of its own… —QueenSashy

What You'll Need
  • 1 1/4 cups Arborio rice
  • 1 heart of romaine, finely shredded
  • 1 baby cipollini onion or 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 5 cups vegetable stock
  • Juice of one lemon, plus some lemon zest for garnish
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. In a small pan bring the stock to boil, reduce the heat and keep simmering over low heat.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat two tablespoons of olive oil with the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat until the onion has softened, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and rice, and cook until the rice is translucent, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add enough of the hot stock to cover the rice. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the stock has been absorbed. Stir constantly and as rice absorbs, continue adding stock one ladleful at time. Cook until the rice is al dente and suspended in a creamy sauce, for about 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the risotto from the heat, add the romaine and stir to gently wilt the leaves. Add the lemon juice, Pecorino and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Spoon the risotto into individual plates and finish with a spoon of olive oil and lemon zest.
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Aleksandra aka QueenSashy is a scientist by day, and cook, photographer and doodler by night. When she is not writing code and formulas, she blogs about food, life and everything in between on her blog, Three Little Halves. Three Little Halves was nominated for 2015 James Beard Awards and the finalist for 2014 Saveur Best Food Blog Awards. Aleksandra lives in New York City with her other two halves, Miss Pain and Dr. V.

4 Reviews

EmilyC September 11, 2012
This looks delicious! I almost always have romaine on hand...nice to have other ideas on how to use it!
QueenSashy September 11, 2012
Thanks EmilyC! Let me know if you liked it...
aargersi September 10, 2012
I love risotto (who doesn't?) and this sounds like a really fresh tasty version.
QueenSashy September 10, 2012
Hi aargersi, you are right, it's really fresh, and we make it a lot in the summer. BTW, my husband likes it better with Parmesan, while I prefer the Pecorino version.