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Lemony Carrot Risotto

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Makes: 4 servings Prep 10 mins Cook 50 mins View Nutrition Facts


  • 2 cups  low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 pound  carrots
  • 1 tablespoon  unsalted butter
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon  plus 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup  farro
  • 1/2 cup  white wine
  • 1 tablespoon  plus 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup  (about 1 1/2 ounces) grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons  thinly sliced chives


1. Place 1 1/2 cups broth in a small saucepan and warm over very low heat. Grate one-quarter of the carrots and set aside. Dice remaining carrots and puree in a food processor with remaining broth.

2. Melt butter in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until foaming, about 2 minutes. Add onion, cumin, grated carrots, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add farro and cook, stirring constantly, until it starts to crackle, about 2 minutes. Add wine and cook about 1 minute.

3. Decrease heat to medium low, stir in carrot puree and bring to a simmer. Add 1/2 cup broth and simmer, stirring constantly, until broth is nearly absorbed, about 5 minutes. Continue adding broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring occasionally, until its absorbed and farro is al dente and has a porridgelike consistency, 25 to 30 minutes.

4. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, lemon juice and remaining salt and pepper; cover, remove from heat, and let rest 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in Parmesan, chives and lemon zest. Drizzle with remaining oil.

Lemony Carrot Risotto
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Hairybreeches wrote:

Delicious! I used arborio rice and added spinach to mine. Needed about 1 cup more liquid than the recipe called for.

5/8/2013 08:45:22 PM Report Abuse
katslo11 wrote:

This is a seriously good and tasty recipe! I used arborio rice and a lime instead of a lemon.

11/16/2012 05:29:13 PM Report Abuse
yvobren1 wrote:

6/19/2012 04:59:59 AM Report Abuse
limam11 wrote:

@jami.koehl .. I beleive farro is gluten free eg. not wheat

6/5/2012 09:55:38 AM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

you don't have google? its easy to find out what farro is.

3/13/2012 06:33:56 PM Report Abuse

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