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Risotto With Pistachio Pesto

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Ingredients
  For pesto  
  Shelled pistachios 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Fresh basil 3 Bunch (300 gm)
  Garlic 4 Clove (20 gm), peeled
  Extra-virgin olive oil 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Asiago cheese 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), grated
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
For risotto
  Olive oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  White onions 2 , quartered
  Garlic 5 Clove (25 gm), finely chopped
  Thyme sprig 2 , leaves chopped
  Rosemary sprig 2 , leaves chopped
  Basil sprig 2 , leaves chopped
  Arborio rice 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Chicken stock 2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Parmesan cheese 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), finely grated
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Pesto : Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2) Spread the pistachios on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 5 to 8 minutes until lightly browned.
3) Cool and coarsely chop theroasted nuts, set aside few pistachios for garnish.
4) In a food processor, process the remaining pistachios, basil leaves and garlic cloves into a fine mixture.
5) Gradually pour in olive oil, while the processor is running, until all the oil is incorporated to form a smooth and thick paste.
6) Then add the cheese and seasoning and process until thoroughly blended.

MAKING
7) Risotto : In a large saucepan, saute the onions, garlic, thyme, rosemary and basil over a medium-high heat, until the onions are lightly brown.
8) Stir in the rice and saute for another 1 or 2 minutes.
9) In another saucepan, bring the chicken stock and water to a boil.
10) Gradually, pour 1 cup of the hot liquid to the rice, stirring constantly.
11) When the liquid has been absorbed, pour another 1/2 cup and allow it to simmer, stirring thoroughly until it has been absorbed.
12) Continue to cook, adding 1/2 cup liquid at a time and stirring constantly until the rice is slightly creamy and just tender.
13) Stir in the pesto, then 2/3 of the cheese and season with salt and pepper.

SERVING
14) Spoon the risotto in plates, garnish with the remaining cheese and the reserve pistachio nuts and serve hot.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Simmering
Ingredient: 
Rice
Interest: 
Gourmet
Preparation Time: 
25 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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