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Cheesy Parrano® Winter Risotto

Cheesy Parrano® Winter Risotto
Serves 4
Risotto is the ultimate cold-weather comfort food. Serve this creamy, delicious meal-in-a-bowl with a soft red wine for any occasion—dinner parties, holiday events, or a cozy date night.
  1. 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  2. 3½ ounces shitake mushrooms, sliced
  3. Kosher salt, to taste
  4. Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  5. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  6. 2 leeks, white parts only, halved and thinly sliced
  7. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  8. 1½ cup arborio rice
  9. ¾ cup white wine
  10. 5 cups warm chicken stock
  11. 2 cups Parrano® cheese, grated
  12. 12 ounces asparagus, cut in 1½-inch pieces and blanched
  13. ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
  14. 5 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
  15. 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  16. 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  1. Add olive oil, mushrooms, salt, and pepper to a large, heavy-bottom pan over medium-high heat. Sauté until golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Add butter and a drizzle of olive oil to the same pan over medium-high heat. Add leeks and season with salt and pepper. Sauté until caramelized.
  3. Add garlic and cook 3 minutes. Add arborio rice and sauté 1 minute to toast the rice.
  4. Add wine and stir to combine. When wine is almost completely reduced, add a few ladles of warm chicken stock and stir. Reduce heat to medium-low.
  5. Once the rice has absorbed most of the stock, add another ladle of stock and stir. Repeat the process, stirring frequently, until risotto becomes tender and creamy, about 25 minutes.
  6. Once risotto is finished, turn off heat and add Parrano® cheese. Stir until well combined, then add asparagus, cooked mushrooms, tomatoes, bacon, parsley, and thyme. Stir and serve.
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Parrano® Cheese

Best Cheese Corporation is the exclusive importer of Parrano®, Uniekaas line of Dutch cheese products, and the owners and operators of Coach Farm, a farmstead goat dairy farm in New York’s Hudson Valley. Best Cheese brands are available nationally in supermarkets and specialty markets such as Whole Foods, Earthfare, Publix, Safeway, Mariano’s, and Kroger.

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