This tasty and delicious creamy risotto is enriched with butter, shallots, garlic, sauteed pears, crumbled blue cheese and dry white wine; topped with toasted walnuts and drizzled with a balsamic glaze. Tip: don’t wash the rice or it will lose the starch (the secret to getting a creamy textured rice)
Heat 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add thinly sliced pears and sauté until pears are golden and tender. Reserve.
In a medium saucepan, heat remaining oil and butter over medium heat. Add minced shallots and garlic and sauté about 1 minute. Add Mahatma® White Rice and stir until all grains are coated and slightly translucent, about 2 minutes. Gradually add dry white wine and stir over medium-high heat until all wine is absorbed. Add about 1 cup of hot broth to rice and stir constantly until almost all the broth is absorbed. Continue to add hot broth, one cup at a time, stirring until liquid is absorbed, before adding more broth. Use enough broth to cook the rice until it is just al dente. Always keeping an eye on the texture.
Remove from heat and stir in blue cheese. Gently fold in reserved pears. Serve topped with walnuts and drizzled with balsamic glaze, if desired.
Italian home cooking brought to your table with our Risotto with Pears and Blue Cheese recipe. Creamy, topped with parmesan and filled with bold flavors, this is our top pick for Italian comfort food. Be patient enough for the chicken broth to be completely absorbed, and enjoy the mixture of toasted walnuts, crumbled blue cheese, dry white wine and balsamic glaze. Its velvet texture will delight even the finest palates.
If you have already declared yourself a risotto lover, get more inspiration from these 5 Irresistible Creamy Risotto Recipes – substitute chicken broth with vegetable broth and make these indulgent risottos a vegetarian-friendly meal.
For more Mediterranean comfort food dishes, try an Authentic Spanish Rice Paella Recipe or for a delicious dessert, try this Arroz con Leche Spanish recipe – you can make it using the same white rice from the risotto.