Zesty Lemon Parmesan Risotto Recipe

I have always had a deep affection for Italian cuisine. They are famous for their Pizza, Panna Cotta, Gnocchi and a million other pasta dishes that I'd never be able to pronounce. If you know me at all you will know how much I adore my pastas and anything that includes cheese.

Risotto is another great classic Italian dish and although it took me a while to figure out, I now prepare it all the time. If you've ever seen "Hells Kitchen" with Chef Gordon Ramsey tossing risottos that aren't up to par left and right, you will know that although it seems like a simple rice dish it is so much more then that in technique. There are plenty of different risotto recipes but keep in mind that they all get cooked according to a standard procedure so once you figure out the basics you'll be good to go. This lemon parmesan version with scallions is my take on this rich and creamy rice dish.  

Zesty Lemon Parmesan Risotto 


2 Cups Arborio or Jasmine Rice
4-5 Tablespoons of Butter
1/8 Cup White Cooking Wine
1 Tablespoon Chopped Scallions
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
2 Cups Parve Chicken Stock
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar


1. Put the butter in a large non stick saute pan over medium heat on the stove top. Once it's sizzling, add the rice in and let it brown slightly and crisp a bit too. Add the chopped scallions in for the last few minutes or so. 

2. Add the cooking wine to the pan, along with the salt and pepper. When it boils out and there is no liquids left in the pan, add 1/2 cup of parve chicken stock. Allow it to cook and stir it constantly. As the liquids reduce, add the rest of the chicken stock 1/2 cup at a time. 

3. Stir in the parmesan cheese 1/4 cup at a time and then add the lemon juice and brown sugar. Add some more salt and pepper in at this point if you need. And it's ready to serve.  

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