Friday, December 26, 2008

Roasted Red Pepper Risotto

Watching Hell's Kitchen has inspired me to want to try risotto. I was hopeful that Gordon Ramsey wouldn't show up in my kitchen screaming, "YOU'RE SWEATING IN THE RISOTTO! IT'S SAAAWLTY!" Luckily, all went well for my first risotto, it was much easier than I expected. I did make the mistake of using regular chicken broth instead of low sodium, so the finished product turned out a little more salty than I would have liked. But I assure you, it had nothing to do with sweat and everything to do with salty broth. However, it did result in me doing some giggling and a Ramsey IT'S SAAAAAWLTY! impression during Christmas dinner.

Roasted Red Pepper Risotto



  • about 3 cups of chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth (I heated about 4 cups and used most of it)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup diced onions
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 roasted red pepper


  • Heat the stock in a saucepan and keep hot over low heat.
  • Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a separate medium-sized pot. Add the onion and cook until it turns translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute more.
  • Add the rice to the onion mixture, stir and turn the heat to low. Add about 1 cup of the hot stock to the rice mixture, and stir slowly until the stock is absorbed.
  • Continue to add the stock 1 cup at a time, stirring slowly, letting the rice absorb the stock before adding more.
  • The risotto is cooked when it is creamy on the outside and slightly firm (al dente) in the center, about 20 to 25 minutes in all. Stir in half of the Parmesan cheese and half of the red pepper strips. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If the risotto is too thick, add a little more stock until it becomes creamy.
  • Divide the risotto into serving dishes and sprinkle with the remaining cheese and red pepper strips.


Chief Plonker said...

What better way to respod than with Grdon Ramsay quotes!

That dish is F$@#king delicious Vicki - spot on!

It is beautifully seasoned!

Roasted Red Pepper Risotto - done!

Joelen said...

I love Gordon Ramsey and could only imagine how funny your impression was! This looks great!

Bailey said...

I would say the same thing!