© Simon Watson
Active Time
1 HR
Total Time
2 HR
Serves : 8 first course servings

Count Paolo Marzotto and his family love this luscious risotto made with carletti, a wild herb with the uninviting Latin name Silene vulgaris, or bladder campion. The herb, which has a sweet, pea-like flavor, can be replaced by any number of baby greens, from baby spinach to baby turnip greens—or even fresh pea shoots.    More Risotto Recipes  

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a large saucepan, combine the water with the onion, carrots, leek, celery, garlic, bay leaves, thyme and cloves and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to moderate, cover and simmer for 50 minutes. Strain the stock into a medium saucepan, cover and keep warm.

Step 2    

In a medium skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add half of the minced shallot and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the baby greens a handful at a time, stirring between batches until wilted. Season the baby greens with salt and pepper and set aside.

Step 3    

In a large saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in the vegetable oil. Add the remaining shallot and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and cook over moderately high heat, stirring to coat the grains, about 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of the warm stock and cook, stirring constantly, until nearly absorbed. Continue adding the stock 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until it is nearly absorbed between additions. The risotto is done when the rice is al dente and suspended in a thick, creamy sauce, about 25 minutes total.

Step 4    

Stir the wilted greens and the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter into the risotto and season with salt and pepper. Serve at once, passing the cheese at the table.

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