Creamy Risotto-Style Brown Rice With Spring Greens And Asiago Recipe

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Whether you're vegetarian, eating light or observing Meatless Monday, a recipe by Peter Berley is guaranteed to satisfy. We've borrowed a few recipes from his award-winning cookbook, The Flexitarian Table, now available as an e-book so you have every reason to expand your healthy cooking repertoire. Load up on fiber and greens with this delicious vegetarian risotto.

If someone served me this rice with a crisp white Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé and nothing else, I'd be thoroughly happy. The cooking water from the mixed greens imbues the rice with the fresh flavors of spring.

This risotto-style brown rice requires advance planning and makes good leftovers. You'll need to soak and cook the brown rice before starting the risotto. You can use this same approach with other grains too, such as miller, quinoa, barley or farro.

Reprinted with permission from The Flexitarian Table

Creamy Risotto-Style Brown Rice With Spring Greens And Asiago Recipe
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  • sea salt or kosher salt
  • 12 ounces (about 12 cups) mixed spring greens
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large bunch scallions or ramps (wild leeks)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 3 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces Asiago cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the greens and cook until they are just wilted, about 1 minute. Use a mesh skimmer or slotted spoon to transfer the greens to a colander and let cool slightly; reserve the cooking water.
  2. Press the greens to remove excess water, then transfer them to a board and coarsely chop.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the scallions or ramps with the ginger, garlic, and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring until softened, about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the rice, chopped greens, butter and 1 1/2 cups of the reserved cooking water and cook, stirring, until the water is almost absorbed, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the cheese and season with salt and pepper. Serve, passing additional grated cheese at the table.
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