I love making risotto, and haven't done so in quite a while! This makes a beautiful side dish or main course meal, if doubled.
In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup pear nectar, 21 ounces of vegetable broth and 1/8 tsp. cinnamon. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat but be careful not to boil. Once it simmers, keep warm over low heat.
In a Dutch oven, heat one and a half teaspoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots, two small minced garlic cloves, and either 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh or 1/4 tsp. dried thyme. Cook 2 minutes. Add 3/4 cup Arborio (short-grain) rice and saute for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add 1/4 cup (unfiltered) Chianti or other dry red wine of your choice and cook until the liquid is absorbed - the recipe said 2 minutes, but mine absorbed pretty quickly.
Now add your broth mixture, about 1/2 a cup at a time, stirring constantly between each addition until all of the liquid is absorbed before adding the next portion. It is said that risotto is truly a labor of love, so expect this step to take 20-30 minutes.
Once all the liquid is absorbed, stir in 1/8 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. black pepper. Set aside.
Peel and core one firm Bosc pear, and slice into 1/4 inch thick wedges. Heat 3/4 tsp. olive oil and 1/2 tsp. vegan butter (such as Earth Balance) in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pear wedges and saute 4 minutes.
Place 1/2 a cup of the risotto on each of 5 plates. Top each serving with 1/4 cup of the pears (about 4 wedges). On top of each serving, sprinkle a tablespoon of crumbled vegan blue cheese (try the Soy Blue from Sunergia), a teaspoon and a half of chopped walnuts (toast them first if you like), and 1/2 a teaspoon chopped fresh parsley.
Each serving is 250 calories. Double for an entree-sized portion.
pear nectar $3.99
vegetable broth $1.49
Arborio rice $2.31
Bosc pear $1.73
'blue cheese' $4.49
The Vegan Pantry
- Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy http://www.wholesoyco.com/
- Vegan milk - Silk http://www.silksoymilk.com/
- Vegan Feta - Sunergia http://www.sunergiasoyfoods.com/
- Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods http://www.galaxyfoods.com/
- Vegan Eggs - Ener-G http://www.ener-g.com/
- Vegan Butter - Earth Balance http://www.earthbalance.net/product.html