Forbidden Rice Risotto with Carrot Pesto

Rice risotto with carrot pesto
Photo by Adrian Mueller / Food styling by Taka Kuniyuki

Forbidden rice, also known as black rice, gets its dramatic color from high levels of anthocyanins, the same antioxidants that give red grapes their color. Though a little less starchy than the rice typically used for risotto, it makes for an unexpected and nutritious alternative.

Entrecôte Bordelaise
Risotto Ingredients
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 1½ cups dry red wine
  • 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 1½ cups forbidden rice
  • ½ cup fresh-grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Carrot Pesto (ingredients and directions below)
Risotto Directions

Combine broth and wine in saucepan, and simmer over low heat.

In deep skillet or wide-bottomed stockpot over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until deep golden-brown, about 10–15 minutes. Add rice, and stir for 1 minute. Add 1 cup hot broth mixture. Use wooden spoon to scrape brown bits from bottom of pan. When liquid is absorbed, continue to add broth mixture ½ cup at a time, stirring occasionally.

Allow most of broth to absorb before adding to pan. Continue until rice becomes tender and has loose, creamy consistency, about 40 minutes. You may not need all of broth mixture.

Remove from heat. Stir in remaining butter and cheese until both are melted. Divide among serving dishes. Top with carrot pesto. Serves 4.

 

Carrot Pesto Ingredients
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup roasted cashews
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
Carrot Pesto Directions

Place carrots, cashews and garlic in food processor, and pulse until coarse. As machine runs, add oil in steady stream until pesto becomes mostly smooth. Add salt, to taste. Makes about 1 cup.

Wine Pairing

Barra 2016 Estate Grown Petite Sirah (Mendocino). Petite Sirah makes inky, opaque wines with notes of black fruit, black pepper and dark chocolate. These flavors go well with the rich broth base of this dish, while the wine’s structure and unexpected acidity provide contrast to the risotto’s creamy texture.

Published on September 21, 2019
About the Author
Nils Bernstein
Contributing Editor, Food

A fan of sweet wines, sour beers, and old-school Rioja, Bernstein is an exhaustive traveler in search of new and unsung chefs and restaurants, innovative wine and food pairings, and eating and drinking at the source. In addition to Wine Enthusiast, Bernstein has written for Bon Appetit, Men’s Journal, New York Times, Men’s Fitness, Hemispheres, and Kinfolk, among others.

Email: nbernstein@wineenthusiast.net



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