Lemon Risotto with Roasted Broccoli

When I posted my meal plan on Monday, I mentioned that Monday was going to be risotto with roasted broccoli/asparagus/carrots.  It turned into lemon risotto with roasted broccoli.  Why?  Because roasted broccoli makes everything delicious.  

The risotto was based on Giada's Lemon Risotto.  

First, I brought a quart of chicken stock and 1/4 cup of lemon juice to a boil, and then reduced it to a simmer. 
While that was going on, I melted 2 tablespoons of butter in another pot.  
When it was melted, I sauteed some chopped up onions until they were nice and soft.
Then, I stirred in 1.5 cups of Arborio rice.
I added in 1/2 cup of lemon juice and stirred until it was absorbed.  During this step, I added in my secret ingredient.
What is it?  The rinds of Parmesan Cheese.  I add it to the pot while the rice cooks and it makes it SO creamy and delicious!
Then came the part that people hate about making risotto.  I stirred in the chicken stock/lemon juice mixture, 1/2 cup at a time.  
After about 20 minutes, it was rich and creamy.
While all of this stirring was going on, I roasted broccoli with a little olive oil and salt at 400*.
The finished product?

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  1. I love risotto. Your parmesan trick would make it so creamy and good.


  2. I LOVE risotto, and don't really find it a pain to stir. I think the roasted broccoli would be a great addition. so far my favorite risotto is butternut squash...so good!

  3. I've never tried risotto before, but your photo makes me want to give it a try! Looks delicious.

  4. Delicious!! The cheese rinds have been put into tomato based sauces in our house, but not a risotto...I will have to give it a try!

  5. Mmm, a dish like this would surely wake up my tastebuds.

  6. This sounds delicious. A must try!!
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  7. I think, without even really knowing it, this is what I've been saving my parm rinds for!

  8. ah haha i just posted sth on roasted broccoli! it was my first time trying roasted broccoli, and I must admit it's addictive (:


  9. Hi Jackie,
    I love Riscotto and you made it look so easy. This is a great combination with the broccoli. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week! Have a very special week end!

  10. Love the secret ingredient of cheese rinds. And adding roasting broccoli is genius. I can't wait to try this!