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Zia Orsola’s Spinach Risotto


  • 400g Arborio rice (0.8lb)
  • Bunch of spinach (fresh or frozen)
  • 150g soft ricotta cheese (5.3oz)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (30ml)
  • Freshly grated Grana Padano cheese
  • Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • Salt to season

Instructions for Spinach Risotto

  • Bring salted water to a boil in a pot and add Arborio rice.  Stir constantly for the first minute to prevent the rice from sticking to the pot.
  • In another pot, add spinach along with 1/4 cup of water and cook for a few minutes.  Once spinach has softened, remove from heat and purée using a food processor.
  • Cook rice for approximately 12 minutes or before the rice gets to the al dente stage. Pour most of the water out of the pot, leaving a small amount of water behind with the rice. Add puréed spinach to the rice.
  • Stir soft ricotta, grana padano cheese and butter into the rice. Salt to season.
  • Turn off heat and cook for another minute or so. At this point, the rice should have a creamy consistency.
  • Plate and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Serve immediately.
  • Enjoy David’s Zia Orsola’s Spinach Risotto!

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