Today is my 2 month blogging anniversary and tomorrow is my 6 month kidney transplant anniversary – it has been an eventful 6 months! ! I have had so much fun sharing my craving creations with you and my Next Chapters/Soul Food and can’t wait to share more! Thank you all so much for being part of my journey! (that’s a lot of !!! but I am just so excited 🙂 ) Now for some more excitement about food…
I heart rice so much! It is one of my most favorite foods! In fact, cheesy rice with peas was one of the very first foods I mastered at ten years old because it was the only thing I cared about eating. I would come home from school and make myself a big batch of rice coated in melted gooey cheddar cheese, mixed with petite peas and watch reruns of the Partridge Family.
Why the Partridge Family? Maybe it was because I had already seen every episode of the Brady Bunch or maybe it was the awesome lip syncing or maybe it was the multi-colored bellbottoms or maybe it was David Cassidy’s good looks but even better looking hair. Clearly I was born in the wrong decade. No matter why I was drawn to the Partridge Family, I would watch the cheesy show with my cheesy rice.
Flashforward to today and I still love cheesy rice! This Creamy Parmesan Risotto with Spinach and Peas is my “grown up” version that I love even more than my “younger” version. I would eat it absolutely every day if I could.
Even though there are so many ways to prepare rice, this is still one of my favorites so I wanted to share this delectable classic risotto because it feels kind of “fancy” making it the perfect Easter side!
The risotto becomes oh so flavorful and creamy as it simmers in chicken broth literally soaking up every last drop of brothy goodness and then even creamier as Parmesan is stirred into the rice until it bathes the risotto with its cheesy glory and then the risotto instantly becomes guilt free with the addition of subtly crunchy peas and delicate spinach (because anything with peas and spinach instantly becomes mega healthy right?).
The key to the creaminess (without any cream) is the Arborio rice. When cooked, the rounded grains become creamy and chewy due to the high starch content. Don’t use a different rice or it won’t be the same!
Although risotto takes about a half hour to cook, it is SO easy! The only prerequisite is that you can stir rice, that’s it! I usually just prepare the rest of my meal or clean my kitchen while my rice is becoming creamified, stirring whenever I think about it.
No matter how you spend those minutes of anticipation, in 30 minutes you will have one of the tastiest side dishes known to (wo)man and you will know why it’s served at all the “fancy” restaurants.
You deserve fancy.
You deserve Creamy Parmesan Spinach and Cheese Risotto.