Makes: 4 servings
- 1 quart chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons EVOO
- 1/4- 1/3pound speck or smoky bacon, finely chopped
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 - 3 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 arborio rice
- Salt and pepper
- finely chopped fresh thyme
- 2 tablespoons dry white wine
- 1 cup grated pecorino-romano, plus more for serving
- 1 cup butter
- 3 tablespoons packed baby spinach, chopped
- 2 cups Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
- Warm the stock and 1 cup water in a saucepan over low heat.
- In a large skillet, heat the EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the speck (or bacon) and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Stir in the onion and garlic to soften for 2 minutes. Stir in the rice to toast for a minute; season with salt, pepper and the thyme. Add the wine and cook to evaporate, then begin ladling in the warm stock, allowing all of the liquid to be absorbed before adding more, and stirring vigorously to develop the starch, until the rice is al dente, 18 minutes from the first addition of liquid (you may have a ladle or so of liquid left).
- Stir the cheese and butter into the risotto to melt. Add the spinach to wilt' season with the nutmeg. Top with more cheese.
- Risotto is so rich and luxurious, yet it's as easy to make and as comforting as a bowl of steamed rice.