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Spring Risotto with Peas, Fava Beans, and Arugula
A 30-Minute Supper Recipe from Cook’s Country
Who would imagine a risotto cooking in less than 30 minutes? Our clever shortcut lies in using the microwave to parcook the rice, essentially giving it a head start before it hits the stove. This trick lets you make risotto with far less hands-on stirring than usual.
SERVES 4
You can use frozen lima beans or an additional cup of frozen peas in place of the fava beans. Ingredients are linked to our official taste tests and favorite products.
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 cup Arborio rice 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 onion, chopped fine 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup frozen peas, thawed 1 cup frozen fava beans, thawed 2 ounces (2 cups) baby arugula, chopped rough 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (1 cup)Salt and pepper
1. Microwave 3 cups broth, rice, and 2 tablespoons butter in large covered bowl until most of liquid is absorbed, 14 to 16 minutes.
2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add parcooked rice and remaining 1 cup broth. Bring to simmer and cook, stirring constantly, until rice is almost tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in peas and fava beans and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Off heat, stir in arugula, Parmesan, and remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
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Spring Risotto with Peas, Fava Beans, and Arugula

A 30-Minute Supper Recipe from Cook’s Country

Who would imagine a risotto cooking in less than 30 minutes? Our clever shortcut lies in using the microwave to parcook the rice, essentially giving it a head start before it hits the stove. This trick lets you make risotto with far less hands-on stirring than usual.

SERVES 4

You can use frozen lima beans or an additional cup of frozen peas in place of the fava beans. Ingredients are linked to our official taste tests and favorite products.

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup Arborio rice
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 onion, chopped fine
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 cup frozen fava beans, thawed
2 ounces (2 cups) baby arugula, chopped rough
2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (1 cup)
Salt and pepper

1. Microwave 3 cups broth, rice, and 2 tablespoons butter in large covered bowl until most of liquid is absorbed, 14 to 16 minutes.

2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add parcooked rice and remaining 1 cup broth. Bring to simmer and cook, stirring constantly, until rice is almost tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in peas and fava beans and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Off heat, stir in arugula, Parmesan, and remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

Related story: From English Peas to Dragon Tongue Beans, how many of these 12 fresh legumes do you recognize?

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