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Pear risotto with gorgonzola on a white plate with a side of chicken breast.
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Pear risotto with gorgonzola

This delicious pear risotto is made with a handful of ingredients but impresses with its taste and texture! The addition of gorgonzola cheese adds an amazing bold flavor to the risotto and makes it more creamy.
Course dinner
Cuisine international, Italian
Keyword pear gorgonzola risotto, pear risotto
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 498kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons frying oil
  • 2 shallots or 1 small onion
  • 3 twigs thyme + heaped teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup (100g) risotto rice
  • 3 tablespoons dry white wine or 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2.5 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 medium pear preferably firm
  • 1 oz (30g) gorgonzola cheese or 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cut the shallots/onion into small cubes, finely chop garlic, cut the pear into 1/2-inch (1cm) cubes (no need to peel it).
  • In a wide and shallow pot heat the oil, add the onion and thyme twigs, cook over low heat for about 4 minutes or until soft and translucent.
  • Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  • Add the rice and cook over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes. All rice grains should be coated in oil and their edges should be slightly translucent. Remove and discard thyme twigs.
  • Add the wine (or lemon juice), cook until it's almost evaporated.
  • Warm up the broth in a small pot, keep it on the burner over low heat, it should be hot all the time.
  • Now gradually add the broth, about 1/4 cup at a time, and cook, stirring from time to time, until the rice has absorbed all the broth. Add the next portion of the broth when the previous one has been absorbed. The whole process of adding broth and stirring should last about 25 minutes. After this time, the rice grains should be almost cooked. You can use more or less broth than I did, it all depends on the burner's heat.
  • Add the pear and cook for about 5 more minutes, adding more broth if necessary. Now the rice should be soft but still have a little bit of bite to it (it should be cooked al dente). Take the pot off the heat.
  • Add the gorgonzola cheese (or parmesan cheese), heavy cream, and reserved thyme leaves. Stir until the cheese is melted. The risotto should be creamy, it shouldn't be too runny but it also can't be too thick. If you run your spatula through the risotto, it should flow slowly to fill in the space.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you only have a soft, ripe pear, cook it just for a minute, instead of 5 minutes.
    You can substitute cream with milk or omit it.
  • Storage: Risotto reheats very well. It will be thicker so add a splash of water to dilute it. Keep it in the fridge for up to 2 days. You can also freeze it for up to 6 months.
  • It's best to serve risotto on warm plates. The best risotto should flow off the spoon like a wave, when it gets cold, it loses this consistency. You can warm your plates in the oven - just keep them a few minutes in the oven preheated to 210°F/100°C.
  • Calories = 1 serving (1/2 of the recipe). This is only an estimate!

Nutrition

Calories: 498kcal