Caramelized Carrot Risotto

Recipe by JeanT
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READY IN: 1hr 20mins
SERVES: 6-8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat in a medium heavy bottomed pot; add carrots and stir with a wooden spoon until well coated. Add 1/2 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the sugar; cover and cook 5 minutes or until tender. Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, until water evaporates and carrots are just starting to turn brown, a few minutes more. Reserve half of the carrots. In a blender, puree other half with 3/4 cup hot water.
  • Bring chicken broth to a simmer and keep at a simmer, covered, over low heat.
  • Heat remaining oil and butter over medium heat in same (unwashed) pot used for carrots. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add rice, stirring with a wooden spoon to coat rice with oil, 1 minute. Add wine and cook, stirring, until wine evaporates. Add carrot puree and cook, stirring, until mixture no longer looks soupy.
  • Add 1/2 cup hot broth, stirring often, until rice absorbs most of the liquid. Repeat process, adding 1/2 cup broth at a time and stirring often till each addition is absorbed before adding the next, until rice is al dente (about 20 minutes; at least 1 cup broth will remain).
  • Fold in reserved carrots (save 2 tablespoons for garnish), mascarpone, 1/4 cup parmesan, 1 tablespoon parsley, and the thyme. Add up to 1 cup broth (1/4 cup at a time) to loosen the risotto. Season with salt and white pepper to taste.
  • Sprinkle each bowl of risotto with some of the remaining1/2 cup parmesan, remaining 1 tablespoon parsley, and the reserved carrots. Serve immediately.
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