Green Risotto with Fava Beans

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I can't stress enough how much better this is if it is stirred constantly. If one arm gets tired, switch arms. Taste the rice for doneness before serving. Nothing worse than a plate of crunchy risotto. Try it, and you will find it is well worth it!

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients

  • ½ pound fresh, unshelled fava beans

  • 4 cups chicken broth

  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 1 cup Arborio rice

  • ¼ cup white wine

  • ¼ cup grated Reggiano Parmesan cheese

  • salt to taste

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, shell the favas and discard the pods. Boil the favas for 4 minutes, strain and then immediately plunge into ice water. Let cool for 2 minutes then pierce the favas and squeeze them out of their skins. Separate 3/4 of the favas and puree in a food processor.

  2. In a separate large saucepan bring the broth to a simmer, and keep it hot. Meanwhile, in another large saucepan over medium heat, melt 1 1/2 tablespoons of the butter and add the onions. Reduce the heat to low and cook for about 5 minutes; do not brown the onions. Add the rice and cook, while stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the wine, increase the heat to medium, and stir constantly. When the wine has been absorbed, add a little of the hot stock. Once the stock is absorbed, add a little more; repeat this process, stirring constantly, until the rice is cooked through.

  3. To the cooked rice add the pureed favas, the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter, the rest of the favas and the cheese. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the butter and cheese melt and the puree is incorporated evenly. Season with salt.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

457 Calories
11g Fat
70g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 457
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 1414mg 61%
Total Carbohydrate 70g 25%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 110mg 8%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 402mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.