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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Roasted Pepper Risotto


I found baby red and orange peppers in the markdown section of the grocery store and had to pick them up.  I suppose if the grocery store had marked them at a decent price to begin with, they would not have had to mark them down to sell them.  Oh well....bonus for me, right?

I bought them with the intention of roasting them and putting them away in the freezer for soup or chili so I didn't take any photos of them before I roasted them.  I really should have taken some photos even if I hadn't planned on doing anything special with them because they were so beautiful.  Lesson learned.  After they have cooked, they are not beautiful....but they smell incredible.


While these babies were roasting and smelling so good in the oven, I remembered that I had read a blog post here about a risotto made with roasted peppers.  I, also, remembered that Pioneer Woman had posted about making risotto with red peppers that intrigued me when I read it so I did a quick search for that recipe and found it here.  I took some ideas from Pioneer Woman....some ideas from Running Mama Cooks and some ideas from my "go to" risotto recipe created by Giada and this risotto was born. 


I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.


Roasted Pepper Risotto

8 cups Chicken Broth*
3 tbsp. Olive Oil
3 tbsp. Butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 3/4 cup arborio rice
3/4 cup white wine
1 cup chopped roasted red peppers with juice**
1/2 tsp. Turmeric
4 oz. goat cheese
3/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Heat the broth in a pan and keep it hot on the stove. Sauté onions in olive oil and butter until translucent. Add garlic and sauté. When garlic is softened, add rice, stirring constantly until the rice starts to turn a light golden brown. Add wine, stirring continuously. Stir in the roasted peppers with the juice.  As the juice and wine evaporates, begin adding hot broth one ladle at a time, stirring continuously as the rice soaks in the liquid and gets tender and creamy. Stir in turmeric. Add the cheeses and mix completely until the cheese is melted and incorporated into the risotto. Salt and Pepper, to taste.

* I used 7 cups chicken broth and 1 cup veggie broth because I ran out of chicken broth and I had accidentally opened the veggie broth the other night by mistake.  It was in the fridge and ready to be used. Use whichever broth you would like.

**To roast peppers, I rub them with olive oil and place them on a foil lined baking sheet in a 375 degree oven, turning every 20 minutes until charred on all sides. I let them cool and remove the stem and the inside seeds. The skins peel right off very easily. I run them lightly under water to get any remaining seeds off of them.


Hearth and Soul Hop at Premeditated Leftovers





36 comments:

  1. That is so seductively, enticingly, lusciously gorgeous!!! Fabulous color and creaminess ... what a perfect midnight snack that would make ... :)

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  2. We love risotto! The goat cheese must give it fantastic flavor along with the peppers! Looks delicious, I love the color!

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  3. Risotto is one of my favorite dishes. I haven't tried roasted peppers, looks great!

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  4. My MIL was the first person to teach me how to make risotto - but because she knew I hated onions, she diced up an apple and threw it in - I actually love the sweet/savory combo of that!

    http://mybizzykitchen.com/2010/05/03/wonderful-weekend/

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  5. I've never made risotto but it sounds AMAZING!

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  6. I just recently found the risotto recipe of PWs site, and loved it. Love yours too

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  7. Gorgeous, and I love the recipe. How can you go wrong with roasted peppers! Love 'em.

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  8. The smell of roasted red peppers is DEFINITELY hypnotizing! The risotto looks insanely creamy! Delicious.

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  9. Ciao, Candace! We look forward to following your adventures in the blogosphere. Risotto is a staple around our house. Adam lived in Italy for years and became addicted so new recipes for his favorite are always great to find.

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  10. ahhh its so vibrant! Yum!!!!!!

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  11. This looks so flavorful and delicious! I'll have to give it a try :)
    -Krista
    www.thebeetreporter.blog.com

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  12. This sounds rich and delicious. I know I'd love the risotto. I favor strong flavors and this sounds packed with them. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  13. Candance! This looks INSANELY good! Oh my gosh= total inspiration right now. I love using red peppers in any and everything. What a wonderful variation to risotto! I love it!

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  14. We make a lot of roasted peppers in Greece and risotto is one of my favorite Italian dishes. I think the combination of the two is a killer!

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  15. That looks delicious! We love risotto and roasted peppers here, but I never thought of combining the two.

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  16. MMM, MMM, and MMM again. I love the idea of adding goat cheese to an already fantastic risotto. The creamy factor must be out of this world!

    Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul Hop!

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  17. This looks so lovely! Can you believe I've never roasted a pepper before?

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  18. I love love the flavor of roasted peppers and mini ones are definitely my favorite!
    Risotto looks so flavorful n delish-I can finish the whole bowl in one go :)
    US Masala

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    US Masala

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  19. Oh, that looks sooo yummy! I love a good risotto! Hmmm...might have to plant more bell peppers this year....Thanks for sharing! ~Vonnie, NH

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  20. I love the color! It looks so delicious.

    I also love the image on your header.

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  21. MMMMM,mmmmm!!!!! I looooooove risotto! Sign me up.


    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
    http://www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  22. Oh my! What a delicious sounding risotto!! I cannot wait to make this one and then use the leftovers for risotto cakes!! Yum!!

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  23. I am slowly getting better at making risotto. You did a great job!! What a great combo. of flavors!

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  24. You had me when I saw PW in the list of recipes. I have never had Risotto so this might have to be a first.
    Thanks for sharing, blessings!

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  25. Wish you would stop showing food. Makes me hungry. LOL Looks really good.

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  26. I have never tried risotto... sounds yummy!

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  27. Oooh - we have an abundance of capsicums here at the moment - thanks for the idea!

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  28. This post is making me hungry! Delicious! I will definitely have to try this! I hope you are having a fabulous weekend my friend!

    Mama Hen

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  29. oh my gosh this looks wonderful, i have to try it!

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  30. O, I'm tellin' you, girl...this recipe is downright SEXY. Gotta try it soon. Mr. Sweet is going to love it.
    Thanks so much...
    xoxo bj

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  31. Researching would be a great help for you to find the recipe that you would like to cook for your family. Through this, you would no longer be running out of ideas that you could prepare to make every meal special.

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