Spicy Risotto with Red Pepper Recipe

Red pepper risotto photo by flickr user V. Low
  • 35 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: Servings 4 to 5
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Risotto is a popular Italian rice dish that is deceptively easy to make. This low-fat vegetarian and vegan spicy risotto rice recipe uses cayenne and plenty of red pepper flakes to give it quite a bit of kick. It's a dish that is sure to be popular with whoever it's cooked for.

This dish combines scallion and onion, red pepper, garlic, olive oil, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes, making it colorful and flavorful. The secret to getting the rich, creamy texture of risotto is patience. Be sure to slowly combine the rice with the liquid, allowing it to cook all the way out while stirring before adding more liquid. This can take around 25 minutes, but the resulting dish is well worth the wait! 

What You'll Need

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 green onions (scallions), sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/3 cups arborio rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2/3 cup white wine
  • salt and pepper, to taste

How to Make It

  1. Sautee the onion, green onions, bell pepper and garlic in olive oil until soft, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. While vegetables are cooking, begin to heat vegetable broth over medium-low heat in a saucepan.
  3. Add rice to the pan with the vegetables and cook for one more minute.
  4. Add red pepper and cayenne, stirring briefly.
  5. Begin to add vegetable broth, 1/2 cup at a time. Stir, and wait until most of the liquid has been absorbed before adding more. Continue adding vegetable broth, and then the white wine 1/2 cup at a time.
  1. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese or a vegan cheese if desired.

Serve hot with a side of crusty, Tuscan bread, a green salad and a glass of white wine to temper the spiciness.

*Cook's Notes:

  • Perfecting the art of making risotto can take some trial and error. The most common mistakes that people make when cooking risotto include using cold stock instead of warm, stirring it constantly or not enough, resulting in a gluey texture, cooking the rice until it becomes mushy, cooking over too low a heat, and adding the cheese too early. Avoiding these beginner's errors will help you make the perfect, rich and creamy risotto on your first try. 

Sources:

Walsh, D. (2013, May 13). How to make the best Risotto. Retrieved December 4, 2016, from BON APPÉTIT, http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/common-mistakes/article/how-to-make-the-best-risotto-and-avoid-these-8-common-mistakes