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13/10/2012

Vegetable risotto with fennel, bell pepper, tomatoes and carrots

Français
I must say the first time I tasted fennel, a few years ago, I hated it. But then I thought it would be good to try again, but this time, to cook it with other vegetables, not alone. And I dare say, that way, it was much better. Fennel, like celery, is not to be eaten alone… Delicious!! This risotto is colourful, tasty and crispy.


I love risottos, there are so many variations, and one aspect that stays: the creamy texture. And risotto with vegetables is even better: the vegetables melt into the rice and give it their perfume! I will tell you the perfect method to make a good risotto. It is simple, so if you follow it, it will be great!

Ingredients (for 2-3 people)
120 g round rice (it’s important for the creamy texture of the dish)
1 or 2 small carrots
1 bell pepper (I chose a yellow one)
2 tomatoes
1 fennel
1 onion
1 stock cube
Salt, pepper
Parmesan (optional)

Preparation
Cut all the vegetables in dices, chop the onion. In a sauté pan, brown in some oil the onion, then the fennel and carrots, then the other vegetables and the rice. When the rice is translucid, break the stock cube over the sauté pan and add, little by little, boiling water. Stir well all along, so that all the rice gets soft (once you get this method right, you will find it is impossible to miss a perfect risotto!). Add salt and pepper. The cooking time for a good risotto is about 18 min. It’s important to add the water progressively, so that you don’t have too much in the end. Taste the rice after 15-18 min to check if it is ready or if it needs a little more water.
Once your rice is cooked, serve immediately with some parmesan.

If you want, you can add 10 cl white wine to the water.

Bon appétit!!!

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