Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 8 servings
â€¢1 cup balsamic vinaigrette
â€¢8 large portobello mushrooms (4 to 4-1/2 inches), stems removed
â€¢4 cups chicken broth, divided
â€¢2 large sweet onions, chopped
â€¢1 medium green pepper, diced
â€¢1 medium sweet red pepper, diced
â€¢1 tablespoon pine nuts
â€¢2 garlic cloves, minced
â€¢3 tablespoons butter
â€¢2 cups uncooked arborio rice
â€¢1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
â€¢1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
â€¢1/4 teaspoon pepper
â€¢Place vinaigrette in a large resealable plastic bag; add the mushrooms. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
â€¢ Drain and discard marinade. Place mushroom caps in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 15-20 minutes or until tender.
â€¢ Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat broth and keep warm. In a Dutch oven, saute the onions, peppers, pine nuts and garlic in butter until tender, about 3 minutes. Add rice; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes. Carefully stir in 1 cup warm broth. Cook and stir until all of the broth is absorbed.
â€¢ Add remaining broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly. Allow the liquid to absorb between additions. Cook until risotto is creamy and rice is almost tender. (Cooking time is about 20 minutes.)
â€¢ Stir in 1/2 cup cheese, parsley and pepper. Place 3/4 cup risotto in each mushroom cap. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.