Rice is one of my favorite foods because it’s so delicious, so healthy, and it keeps you full for a longer period of time.
This recipe is based on the Italian pizza Margherita, but we replaced the pizza dough with delicious and creamy rice. It’s rich in nutrients, healthy, and you’ll see a lot of smiling faces after serving it.
You’re going to need:
- 3 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar
- 4 1/2 cups of fat-free chicken broth
- 2 tbsp. of olive oil, divided
- 2 cups of chopped leek
- 1 ½ cups of rice
- 1/3 cup of white wine
- 1/4 cup of cooking cream
- 1 tsp. of salt
- 1/4 tsp. of freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup of halved cherry tomatoes (if you don’t have these, regular tomatoes work just as well)
- 1/4 cup of fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 5 oz. (150g.) fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
Put the 3 tbsp. of vinegar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook it over medium heat until it thickens a bit and reduces to 1 tbsp. It usually takes about 4-5 minutes depending on the oven. Remove from heat, put in a container, and set aside.
Warm up the chicken broth over medium heat, but don’t boil it. Keep it warm.
Put 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a large wok pan over medium-high heat. If you don’t have a wok pan, any saucepan works just as well.
Add the leek and sauté for a couple of minutes until it becomes tender.
Add the rice and cook for a couple of more minutes while constantly stirring.
Add the wine and cook until the liquid is nearly absorbed while constantly stirring (It usually takes about 1 minute). Reduce the heat to medium.
Add the chicken broth and cook until the liquid is nearly absorbed while constantly stirring.
Once the liquid is almost absorbed, add the cooking cream, salt, and pepper, and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat, add the chopped tomatoes, basil, and dices of mozzarella cheese, and stir everything well.
Serve about a cup of risotto in each plate and garnish it with some fresh whole basil leaves on the top.
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