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Risotto with Smoked Scamorza, Lemon and Fresh Basil

Light, buttery and filled with summer's best flavors, a soothing risotto dish is always welcome during the warmer months.

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Nina:

Risottos are one of my personal favorites, and a terrific break from my regular pasta-fuelled diet. I love the lemon and basil and have discovered sm...

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While maintaining its light consistency and flavor blends, this excellent risotto recipe will leave you feeling satisfied and well-nourished as you face your day.  Rice has a lovely filling effect, and when paired with zesty lemon and soothing basil, the texture and essential ingredients are further augmented with the inclusion of delectable smoked cheese.  

The bright zing of lemon calls to mind the stunning coastal Amalfi area in southern Italy, and who doesn't want to remember all the magic moments spent enjoying your time in Italy?  If you haven't build these memories yet, this dish will make you want to - so schedule a time to enjoy this amazing risotto recipe and begin poring over those Amalfi Coast photos you've always dreamed of taking.  It's all within your reach!

Such an easy summertime rice recipe to pull together, the stirring element during your preparation will provide a creamy, wonderful consistency everyone joining you at your lunch table will enjoy.

Ingredients

for 4 servings

Smoked Scamorza and Lemon Risotto ingredients

  • Rice 400 grams (Arborio or Carnaroli)
  • Butter 100 grams
  • Parmesan cheese (Grated) 100 grams
  • Scamorza cheese 100 grams
  • Basil (Leaves) 10
  • Lemon Zest 1.5
  • Extra-virgin olive oil as needed
  • Yellow Onion 1
  • White wine 1 cup
  • Salt as needed
  • Black Pepper as needed

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Preparation

for 4 servings

Step

1

Of 2

Prepare the risotto

Dice Scamorza cheese into uniform cubes, set aside. Finely mince onion, set aside. Coarsely chop basil leave, set aside. Grate Parmesan, set aside. In large sauce pot, boil water that will be used to cook rice. 

In medium sauté pan, heat extra-virgin olive oil to coat pan. When heated, add onion and cook until lightly browned. Once browned, add rice. Cook until lightly toasted over low heat, add white wine. 

Once wine has cooked off, slowly add hot water a ladleful at a time. Add more liquid as rice absorbs hot water.

Step

2

Of 2

Finish the dish and serve

Keep adding water and stirring until rice is cooked to al dente consistency, approximately 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Add butter, Parmesan, smoked Scamorza, fresh basil leaves (only fresh basil will work for this recipe - not to be substituted with dried basil) and grated lemon rind. If desired, add dusting of freshly grated black pepper.

Stir well, and allow to rest for 1 minute. Serve right after rice has rested.

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Reviews

Nina Tuesday 14th of April 2020

Lemon and rice paradise

Risottos are one of my personal favorites, and a terrific break from my regular pasta-fuelled diet. I love the lemon and basil and have discovered smoked Scamorza cheese thanks to this recipe. Who knew something so delicious was lurking around?!

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