Recipe: Risotto with morels and ramps
- 5 to 6 cups low-sodium chicken stock
- 1/2lb morel mushrooms, cleaned
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup minced white onion
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh ramps
- 2 cups arborio rice
- 1 cup freshly grated Pecorino
- Romano cheese
- 3 tbsp soft creamy cheese, such as Boursin
- 1/4 cup chopped lemon thyme
1 Bring the stock to a boil in a medium pot and keep warm on the stove. Trim ny dried stems from the morels and slice the larger ones in half lengthwise. Set aside.
2 Heat the olive oil in a large, heavybottomed pot over low heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook gently for about 10 minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent but not browned.
3 Turn the heat up to medium and add the ramps, reserved morels and rice, stirring to coat for 2 minutes.
4 Add a ladleful of hot stock to the rice. Stirring gently will help release the starch from the rice, which will create a creamy risotto.
5 Keep the heat at a gentle simmer. Add the next ladleful of stock when the first one is fully absorbed. Continue adding stock, just enough each time to keep the mixture creamy and saucy as it cooks.
6 Check the rice at the 15-minute mark. It should be tender and saucy but still have a slight al dente bite. If it’s too firm, give it a little more stock and a couple more minutes of cooking time.
7 When the rice is almost done, remove it from the heat and stir in the cheeses and lemon thyme. Let the risotto sit for a minute before serving.
8 Divide into four shallow bowls and serve with more grated Pecorino.
Serves 4 to 6