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Tuscan Cacciatore Risotto

December 2006
Tuscan Cacciatore Risotto

by 4 people

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 5 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) dry red wine
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1/4 pound pancetta or bacon, chopped
  • 2 portobello mushroom caps, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 pinches crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound boneless chicken thighs, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese (a couple of generous handfuls), plus more to pass around the table
Directions
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the wine and broth to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low to keep warm.
  2. In a deep, large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon EVOO, 1 turn of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 7 to 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pancetta to a plate; set aside. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, the mushrooms, onion, garlic and crushed red pepper to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the rice until coated with the oil and slightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Stir in the rosemary and tomato paste, season with salt and pepper and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and stir a ladle or 2 of the warm broth mixture into the risotto every few minutes until absorbed. After about 7 minutes, stir in the chicken along with some broth. Continue to add the broth gradually, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to make a creamy consistency, until the rice is al dente, about 22 minutes. Stir in the cheese and adjust the seasoning. Serve the risotto in shallow bowls topped with the reserved pancetta bits. Pass more cheese around the table.