Risotto is one of those great dishes that's good any time of the year. You can lighten it up with some spring vegetables or make it heartier by adding a protein like shrimp or beef.
Risotto is a family favorite, but I hate how long it takes to make: standing over the stove stirring the broth into the rice until it's soaked up, then adding more broth, on and on for 30 minutes to an hour. Sure, the dish always turns out and everyone's always clamoring for seconds, but the time it takes can wear me out.
You can imagine how happy I was to discover a risotto recipe where the rice was baked in the oven instead of cooked on the stove. Where did I find this saving grace? Better Homes and Gardens of course, and I'm so happy I did.
Instead of standing over the stove for an hour, I simply cooked the meat and brought the broth to a boil, then poured everything into a baking dish and cooked it in the oven for an hour. That gave me an extra hour to get the table set and play with my son. Anytime I find a recipe that allows me extra play time, that's a recipe that will be used often.
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