Carrot Risotto

“I love freshly-extracted juices, but you can purchase carrot juice at the grocery store.  If you juice your own, toss in a coin-size piece of ginger for an added zing.”

Carrots, 1 lb. small with greenery

Olive Oil, 5 Tbsp. divided

Chicken broth, 3 2/3 cups, divided

Unsalted butter, ½ cup cold cut up, divided

Honey, 2 Tbsp

Fresh ginger, 2 tsp. minced

Carrot juice, 2 2/3 cups

Onion, 1 cup finely chopped

Arborio rice, 2 ¼ cups

Dry white wine, 1 cup

Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, ½ cup freshly grated

Fresh ginger, 1 Tbsp. grated

Kosher salt, ¼ tsp.

Fresh Rosemary, 2 Tbsp. chopped

Garnish: Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Scrub carrots under cold running water; pat dry.  Cook carrots in 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat 12 minutes or until lightly browned.  Turn carrots over; cook 6 minutes or until lightly browned.  Add ¼ cup broth; cover and cook 7 minutes or until carrots are tender.  Remove carrots from pan.  Add 2 Tbsp. butter, honey, and 2 tsp. minced ginger to pan; cook stirring constantly, 2 minutes.  Return carrots to pan, stirring to coat.  Remove pan from heat. 

  1. Heat remaining chicken broth and carrot juice in a medium saucepan over medium heat until warm.  Keep warm. 
  2. Sauté onion in remaining 3 Tbsp. olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat 7 minutes or until tender.  Add rice, stirring to coat.  Cook rice, stirring often, 3 minutes (do not brown) Stir in wine.  Cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute or until wine is absorbed. 
  3. Add 2 cups warm broth mixture, stirring constantly, until liquid is absorbed.  Repeat procedure with remaining broth mixture, adding 1 cup at a time, until liquid is absorbed.  (Total cooking time is about 30 minutes.) Remove pan from heat.  Add remaining 6 Tbsp. butter, ½ cup grated cheese, 1 Tbsp. grated ginger, and salt, stirring until butter and cheese melt.  Cover and let stand 3 minutes. 
  4. Cut carrots in half lengthwise.  Spoon risotto onto serving plates.  Sprinkle with rosemary, and top with halved carrots.  Garnish, if desired.  Serve immediately.  6 servings