This week’s Sunday Supper theme is all about your favorite celebrity chef. It didn’t take me long to decide who to select: Fabio Viviani. Ever since his first appearance on Top Chef, he’s been my favorite cheftestant. Italian food: yes, please! Cooking Italian food at home is one of my favorite types of cuisine to prepare: Fabio has a collection of recipes that are definitely drool worthy. And when it comes to social media, he’s really on top of things and interactive with his fans. Can you beat that? I think not. The Italian accent doesn’t hurt either.
I have a confession to make: until this week, I had never made risotto at home in my kitchen. I know: who am I? To be honest, I was a bit intimidated. The process isn’t a quick one, and the prospect of stirring risotto as it slowly cooks was never much of my cup of tea. I guess I’m lazy.
Until I made this risotto. Now I get it. I really get it.
Trust an Italian to give you a risotto recipe that is amazingly creamy, flavorful, and perfect. This spinach and artichoke risotto was glorious. I have to shamefully admit that the entire batch was consumed in record time. I needed an intervention: I could not stop eating it. Thankfully, I only made a half batch this time! I’m listing the full size recipe, but it was very simple to cut in half, and if you’re cooking for two I would suggest that quantity instead.
I’ve made risotto from boxed mixes before, and there is absolutely no comparison. I am forever changed after making this risotto – only homemade for me from now on. I’ve learned my lesson. I hereby declare that I will take an hour of my time to cook a risotto from scratch if I want it on my dinner table. And you should try it too. It actually wasn’t very difficult; I am not sure why I was so intimidated.
So – thank you Fabio, for giving me such a great recipe to create! I have a feeling that I’ll be working my way through all of his risotto recipes over time – zucchini risotto…risotto with fontina and tomatoes…prosciutto and arugula risotto…where to start, where to start…
But for now, I suggest you start with the spinach and artichoke risotto. I give it a HUGE ringing endorsement of deliciousness.
Spinach and Artichoke Risotto
*adapted from Fabio Viviani*
4 tbsp butter
1 yellow onion, diced
1 1/3 cup arborio rice
2 qt chicken stock, hot
1 cup dry white wine
15 oz can quartered artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
5 cups baby spinach
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
sea salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
1. In a large saute pan, heat up 3 tbsp of butter over medium heat. Add the onions and a pinch of salt, then saute until they soften. This process takes about 5 minutes. When the onions are softened, add the arborio rice. Toast the rice in the pan for a few minutes. The rice will become opaque.
2. When the rice is toasted/opaque, add the white wine, then simmer until the wine is almost completely absorbed.
3. After the wine is almost absorbed, begin adding the stock one ladle at a time. You should add just enough stock to cover the rice, then stir frequently until almost all of it is absorbed. Continue this process until about half of the stock is added. Then, add the chopped artichokes. Continue the process of adding the stock by the ladle until all is absorbed.
4. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the fresh spinach over medium heat with a pinch of salt. The leaves will wilt in about 5 minutes. Set pan aside.
5. When the risotto has absorbed all of the stock, remove the pan from heat and stir in the remaining tablespoon of butter and grated parmesan cheese. Fold in the sauteed spinach as well. Serve warm with additional parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
If you’d like to see the inspiration that other celebrity chefs have given the Sunday Supper team, make sure to check out all of their recipes this week!
Starters or Snacks :
Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog - Oyster and Brie Soup and Wine Pairings for Celebrity Chef #SundaySupper
Linda at The Urban Mrs. – Inspired by Bobby Flay, Lobster Chowder with Roasted Corn Salsa
Erin from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts – Rachael Ray’s Cinnamon Popcorn
Cindy over at Cindy’s Recipes and Writings - Jamie Oliver’s Bread and Tomato Soup
Jeff at The Catholic Foodie – Drop Biscuits – Breakfast with Chef John Besh
Renee over at Kudos Kitchen By Renee – Giada De Laurentiis’ Garlic Toasts With Red Pepper Aioli
The Main Dish:
Sheila at Cooking Underwriter – Paula Deen’s Chicken in a Crock Pot w/ Sauerkraut and Apples
Laura over at Small Wallet Big Appetite – Martin Yan’s Beef Chow Fun
Sarah over at Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends – Michael Symon’s Lola burger with crab tater tots
Susan at The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen – Ina Garten’s Baked Shrimp Scampi
Tammi at Momma’s Meals – Lee Drummond’s Sloppy Joe’s
Lane over at Supper for a Steal – Bobby Flay’s Rosemary Bricked Chicken
Tara from Noshing with the Nolands – Michael Symon’s Pork and Apple Scallopini
Shannon at Country Girl in the Village – Simple Red Sauce over Rigatoni. Inspired by, Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos
Kris over at In the Kitchen with Audrey and Maurene – Rachael Ray’s Muffin Tin Meatloaf
Nicole from The Daily Dish Recipes – Paula Deen’s Slow Cooker Pulled Pickled Pork Sandwiches
Becca from It’s Yummilicious – Ina Garten’s Grown Up Bacon Mac & Cheese
Alice at Hip Foodie Mom – Sunday Pot Roast with Risotto Cakes from Kelsey Nixon
Jen over at Juanita’s Cocina - The Neely’s White Turkey Chili
Brianne from Cupcakes & Kale Chips – Crockpot Beef Pot Roast with Mushrooms inspired by Giada DeLaurentiis
Isabel at Family Foodie - Polenta with Garlicky Shrimp inspired by Chef Todd English
Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet – Shrimp Penne in Pesto Cream Sauce, From Emeril Lagasse
Bobbi over at Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen – Cheesy Poblano Chicken
Patti at Comfy Cuisine - Tyler Florence’s Chicken Francese
Roxanne over at The Roxx Box – Jambalaya Pasta with Penne, Chicken, Shrimp and Andouille
Sue from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz – Rachael Ray’s Spicy Corn Chowdah Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Jamie at Mama Mommy Mom – Penne with Asparagus, Smoked Gouda and Prosciutto. Adapted from, Giada De Laurentiis’
Tora over at Tora’s Real Food – Pork and beans with Alton Brown’s pickled pork
Elisabeth over at The Hand That Rocks The Ladle – Emeril’s New Orleans Style Red Beans & Rice
Megan from I Run For Wine – Curtis Stone’s Acorn Squash Roasted with Thyme
Sandi over at Midlife Road Trip - Gabriele Corcos’s Gnocchi di Patate
Shelby at Diabetic Foodie – Orange Pecan Black Rice, adapted from Ina Garten
Katie from She likes Ruffles, He likes Truffles - Chef Fabio Viviani’s Spinach and Artichoke Risotto
Renee over at Magnolia Days – Brownie Tart
Conni at The Foodie Army Wife – Inspired by Ree Drummond – Scrumptious Apple Coffee Cake
Paula over at Vintage Kitchen Notes – Bill Granger´s Cherry Tart
Pam from The Meltaways – Savannah Sheet Cake
Katy over at Happy Baking Days – Mary Berry’s Treacle Tart
Jaime over at Mom’s Test Kitchen – Southern Tea Cakes
Amy over at Kimchi MOM - Crack Pie, I Can’t Quit You
Lyn from The Lovely Pantry - Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Squares
Melanie at From Fast Food to Fresh Food – Sand Tarts
Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog