Summer Vegetable Risotto with Saffron & Parsley

Summer Vegetable Risotto

with Saffron & Parsley

35 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

This creamy risotto gets its sunny, vibrant color from a touch of fragrant saffron added during cooking—plus fresh corn that’s been lightly charred to enhance its sweetness.
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Summer Vegetable Risotto with Saffron & Parsley
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  • 1 cup Carnaroli Rice
  • 2 ears Of Corn
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1 bunch Parsley
  • 2 Tbsps Crème Fraîche
  • 1 Shallot
  • 1 Tbsp Capers
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Grated Romano Cheese
  • 1 pinch Saffron
  • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
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Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and finely chop the shallot. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Remove the husks and silks from the corn; cut the kernels off the cobs. Medium dice the zucchini. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems. 

Start the risotto
2 Start the risotto

In a medium pot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped shallot and half the chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the rice and saffron. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the rice is lightly browned. 

Finish the risotto
3 Finish the risotto

To the pot, add 3 1/2 cups of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter); season with salt and pepper. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring occasionally, 16 to 18 minutes, or until most of the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat and stir in the crème fraîche until combined. 

Char the corn
4 Char the corn

Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the corn kernels in an even layer; season with salt and pepper. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned (be careful, as the corn may pop as it cooks). Continue to cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until browned and softened. Add the vinegar (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined. Transfer to a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the zucchini & serve your dish
5 Cook the zucchini & serve your dish

In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the diced zucchini in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the capers, remaining chopped garlic, and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the zucchini is softened. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. To the pot of finished risotto, add the charred corn; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished risotto and corn topped with the cooked zucchini. Garnish with the chopped parsley and cheese. Enjoy!  

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Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and finely chop the shallot. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Remove the husks and silks from the corn; cut the kernels off the cobs. Medium dice the zucchini. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems. 

2 Start the risotto

In a medium pot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped shallot and half the chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the rice and saffron. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the rice is lightly browned. 

Start the risotto
Finish the risotto
3 Finish the risotto

To the pot, add 3 1/2 cups of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter); season with salt and pepper. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring occasionally, 16 to 18 minutes, or until most of the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat and stir in the crème fraîche until combined. 

4 Char the corn

Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the corn kernels in an even layer; season with salt and pepper. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned (be careful, as the corn may pop as it cooks). Continue to cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until browned and softened. Add the vinegar (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined. Transfer to a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

Char the corn
Cook the zucchini & serve your dish
5 Cook the zucchini & serve your dish

In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the diced zucchini in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the capers, remaining chopped garlic, and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the zucchini is softened. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. To the pot of finished risotto, add the charred corn; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished risotto and corn topped with the cooked zucchini. Garnish with the chopped parsley and cheese. Enjoy!  

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