My favorite protein to serve with risotto is extra-lean pork loin. We’re making a very easy pork loin rolled in the intense flavors of fresh sage, oregano and rosemary. It’s quick and easy – and most of all? a great amount of fun to make.
2 Cup (32 tbs) (Nice Organic Butternut Squash Soup)
2 Medium, finely diced
Dry sherry wine
3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
Freshly ground pepper
7 Cup (112 tbs)
Grated parmesan cheese
1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Plus More For Serving)
In a medium saucepan, bring the Vegetable Stock almost to a boil over moderate heat. Reduce the heat to low and keep the stock hot.
In a nonreactive medium saucepan, heat 2 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil until it begins to sizzle. Add the rice and the onions and cook over moderately high heat, stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula, until the onions are translucent, about 7 minutes. Do not let the onions or rice brown, if they begin to? Move on to step 3, turning down the heat.
Immediately stir in the sherry and cook, stirring constantly, until all of the liquid has been absorbed, about 2 minutes.
Reduce the heat to moderate and gradually add 3 more cups of the hot stock, 1 cup at a time, stirring and cooking until each cup is almost absorbed before adding the next, about 15 minutes.
Stir in the squash. Continue adding the remaining 3 cups stock, 1 cup at a time, stirring and cooking as above, until the rice is tender, about 10 minutes longer. The risotto will be quite loose. Stir in the sage and the parmesan.
Spoon the risotto onto warmed soup plates and top with the pork loin (see recipe below). Serve immediately.