Whether it’s the creaminess of Wild Mushroom Risotto, the fragrance of Risotto Milanese, or the distinct nuttiness of Risotto with gorgonzola, I can’t get enough of this popular Italian first course staple. People often ask me what my favourite food is. Risotto tops the list. Always. If there is risotto on the menu, I am having it.
Interestingly enough, I have never been as fond of risotto that features meat or sea food. I prefer vegetarian options. This recipe is very near and dear to me. I have been using it for years now. I think I was 16 the first time I made it. It’s adapted from Antonio Cecconi’s book on Italian cooking. It is absolutely divine. There is no other word I can use for it.
Now, I love lemon; in fact, I am a lemon fiend but this is one case in which everyone agrees with me, that some freshly squeezed lemon juice and loads of black pepper are amazing with this creamy risotto. Zucchini and bell peppers never tasted this good. I can guarantee you that people will never forget this if you make it for them. It’s how my husband fell in love with me…
People always seem to ask me “Why are you sharing your favourite recipes online for free when you also offer catering services. I don’t get it?” and so let me tell you what my take is. Feeding people is an extension of love for me because food provides nourishment and sharing a meal is a way to bond and spend time with loved ones or build new relationships. A quick hot dog shared after a Blue Jays game, a 10 course meal at Shoto downtown and a summer barbecue have 1 thing in common- food brings people together. Yes, we offer our catering services for people who may not have the time to cook or need help with a special event, but most importantly, I truly enjoy cooking and want to share certain tried and tested recipes with you because this is a passion for me. Life has to extend beyond work, duties, and the mundane.
So I pass this recipe for Creamy Risotto with Zucchini & Bell Peppers on to you with lots of love in my heart and would love to hear what you thought about it. That would make me happiest- to get feed back from you guys. I don’t hear from you often enough.
Fair warning, this isn’t easy on the hands- do not plan any other complicated dishes if you are making a risotto in substantial quantity. A nice fresh salad and some baked chicken or grilled steak would be lovely with it. It’s a heavy item so people don’t tend to have it in copious amounts. Not that they wouldn’t if they could stay awake after of course.
hAPPY eATING & kEEP sMILING
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