Here’s another great way to use those beautiful and nutritious beet greens. Serve with a side of beets. I tend to shy away from precise cooking times on this dish. Times can vary depending on the brand of rice and type of broth you’re using. If you’re new to making risotto, please visit this helpful site to make sure you cook the perfect dish http://lifehacker.com/5890864/use-the-smear-test-for-perfectly-cooked-risotto
Chef’s tip: Homemade broth is best but if you do not have access to a quality, flavorful broth you can add fresh oregano and/or basil to help kick the dish up a notch.
Prepare all of the following risotto ingredients. Grate 1 cup of cheese. Finely mince your shallot and set aside. Smash and chop your garlic cloves and set aside. Chop up your beet greens and set aside.
For your vegetable broth, place in a separate stock pot and heat to a medium temperature. This is a key step and remember to always keep your broth at the same temperature that you cook your rice.
In a large saute pan (preferably something with a thick bottom so you don’t burn the rice) heat your butter and olive oil on medium/low heat. Using a really good quality butter will make a huge difference in how your risotto tastes (in my personal opinion) so stick with a good pasture butter like Kerrygold, Organic Valley or some nice homemade butter from your local farm.
Add your rice and minced shallots and cook (stirring frequently) until the rice is transparent and very lightly toasted. This should take around 3-4 minutes.
Now we add the wine and chopped garlic and red peppers. Gently stir the rice, wine and garlic until the wine is well absorbed by the rice.
At this point, we begin adding the broth. TWO ladles at a time. Add two ladles of broth and STIR your risotto constantly until the broth has been absorbed. Once that happens, you can add two more ladles of broth and repeat. Risotto is made by adding broth slowly over a period of time. Adding too much liquid at one time can make your risotto turn out runny and that's something Gordon Ramsey yells at people for. Yikes!
Now here’s the tricky part. Just because we have 8 cups of broth in that separate pan does not mean you’ll always use up the entire pot of broth. It’s always good to have a little too much broth leftover than not enough broth when you’re cooking this dish. Good judgement comes into play at this stage. As you’re stirring (you didn’t forget the part about stirring constantly right?) give your risotto a little taste. How close is it to being al dente? What the heck does al dente mean? This is where we use the smear test. (visit the lifehacker link provided above)
When your rice is CLOSE to al dente, add your chopped beet greens and continue to stir. It should take a few more minutes until you're close to being done.
Once your rice is AL DENTE, remove from the heat and add your cheese. Stirring well until all of the cheese has melted and is incorporated into the dish. Add salt and pepper to taste The final product should look creamy and firm but not runny. Enjoy!
In a bowl, mix the tomatoes, basil, cheese, and garlic. Mix in the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Allow mixture to marinate together for about 15 minutes to allow all of the flavors to mingle.
Slice your baguette into 1/4 slices and arrange on a cookie sheet. Brush lightly with olive oil and place in oven until lightly toasted. Depending on your oven, this should only take about 5 minutes.
After being out of town for several days, I’ve found an overabundance of ripe tomatoes in my personal garden. In other words, I better get busy canning or get busy cooking. This week, Heidi at the farm sent me home with a wonderful mix of goodies this week, including that delightfully fragrant basil which was a perfect mix with our family’s tomato harvest. Whether you grow your own tomatoes or have recently bought some at the local market, this recipe is quite delicious and simple; Highlighting the vibrant flavors of summer. In place of the black plum tomatoes listed below, you can swap them out for a Roma tomato or any other small variety. Enjoy!
Peeling your tomatoes - Bring a large pot of water to boil. Have a separate large bowl of ice water nearby. Cut a little X on the bottom of each of your tomatoes (this will help the peeling process along). Add 6-8 tomatoes to the pot at a time and allow to boil for about 15 seconds. With a slotted spoon, remove the tomatoes from the boiling water and place them into the ice water. The skin should slide right off but if it's being a bit stubborn, use the end of a paring knife to help ease it off. Cut each of the tomatoes in half and use your finger to remove the seeds.
In a large saute pan (large enough to fit all of your pasta at the end) add your olive oil and heat on medium. Add your tomatoes, red wine and a pinch of salt. Allow to cook until soft and tender. With a potato masher, smoosh your tomatoes. Stirring occasionally, continue to cook for about 20 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken.
In a separate large pot, add 1 tablespoon of salt to boiling water. Cook your spaghetti until its just SHY of being al dente. Strain the pasta reserving a little bit of the pasta water. Add the cooked spaghetti to your pasta sauce, gently tossing and mixing the noodles. Continue to cook on medium heat for 5 minutes - if your sauce seems a little too thick, add 1 tablespoon of the reserved pasta water at a time.
Remove from heat and add your basil, butter and Parmesan cheese. Gently toss the pasta, blending well allowing the butter to melt and cote the noodles. Serve immediately.
Hello summer! Here is a wonderful, flavorful, quick and easy recipe with a whopping nine ingredients. It’s strikingly similar to a traditional Aglio e Olio but with a little extra flair. Served with fresh tomatoes and topped with a little balsamic reduction, it rounds out the fresh peppery arugula that we included in your first summer CSA box. Cook on!
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm (al dente). This should take about 8-12 minutes depending on your pasta, just check the package for cooking time. Drain and transfer to a pasta bowl.
In a small saucepan, start your balsamic reduction. (Please see link in the recipe description above for directions)
In a large skillet on medium heat, add your olive oil and thinly sliced garlic cloves. Cook for about 10 minutes - keep a watchful eye as you do not want your garlic to brown. Once your garlic has become fragrant and has a slight golden toast to the edges.
Reduce heat to low and add your red pepper flakes. You can always add more or less depending on the level of spice you like.
Add your noodles to your pan with the olive oil. Add your parsley, arugula and tomatoes. Cook until your arugula is slightly wilted then stir in your Parmesan cheese. This should only take about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Drizzle a teaspoon or two of balsamic reduction on each plate, then serve! Buon Appetito!
Chop your asparagus into 1" pieces, removing the woody ends. Clean and slice your leeks. Set aside.
Add the macaroni to 6 quarts of boiling salted water (about 3 tablespoons of sea salt) and cook just below the recommended time on the instructions to your pasta. We want it to be on the verge of al dente since your pasta will continue to be cooked in the oven. Generally allow 1 minute below the recommended cook time. Drain and set aside.
In a small saucepan heat the milk on low. Do not allow to boil.
In a saute pan on medium heat, add the bacon. Render the fat and cook until crispy. Remove the bacon and place on a paper towel to absorb some of the oil. You should have around 2 tablespoons of bacon fat left over depending on the quality of your bacon. If it seems a little short, add a little extra butter later to make up for it AFTER the next step. If it seems like you have too much, just pour some of the fat off.
Add the sliced leak and cook in the bacon fat for around 5 minutes on medium heat. Once your leek has cooked down, add your butter and whisk in the flour and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly to keep lumps from forming.
Add the milk and whisk it into the butter and flour mixture. Continue to whisk vigorously, and cook until the mixture is nice and smooth. Stir in the 4 cups of the cheese and continue to cook and stir to melt the cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
In a large baking pan, add pasta, cheese sauce and asparagus and mix together. Top with 1 cup of shredded cheese. Place in the oven for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and top with cooked bacon. Serve and enjoy!
In a food processor, combine kale, basil, and salt. Pulse until the kale leaves are finely chopped.
Lightly pour in the olive oil and continue to pulse. Scrape down the sides and add your white wine. Add the hazelnuts and the cheese and pulse to combine until smooth. You may add more olive oil if you want a creamier pesto.