This recipe was inspired by something I ate at Babbo sometime in the late nineties. It appears in my book, I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti where it is called "Risotto with Intricately Layered Hearts." For the purposes of this contest I am giving it a less romantic and more technical name. I was feeling a little insecure about using canned artichoke hearts, then I saw Lidia use them on TV; she said she liked the extra flavor they have. I agree. —Giulia Melucci
hot chicken stock
small onion, minced
canned artichoke hearts, chopped
salt, to taste
freshly ground pepper
In This Recipe
Keep the chicken stock on the stove over medium heat.
In a large saute pan or Dutch oven, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat and add the onion. Cook until onion is transparent, about 2 minutes, then add the rice and toast in with the butter and onion until the grains are translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the wine stirring constantly until the wine is absorbed, then begin to add the hot chicken stock a ladleful at a time, stirring until the liquid is absorbed into the rice.
Continue adding the stock and stirring the risotto until it is creamy and the grains are softened but not mushy. Begin to taste the risotto after about 15 minutes to check the texture, but more likely it will take 20 - 25 minutes of stirring vigilance. If you run out of stock and the risotto needs more cooking, use water warmed in the pot with the stock.
When you are happy with the texture of the rice, remove it from the heat, add the remaining tablespoon of butter, the artichoce hearts, and the Taleggio, give it one more stir, test for salt, let it sit for a minute, and serve with freshly ground pepper.