This gets real. This gets very real.
Next time you see thick cubed ham in a vacuum-packed thingy, get it. It’s right next to the Canadian bacon. Because we’re about to make the hardiest risotto ya ever did know.
But also we’re sliding in velvety arugula so it’s basically vegan! Just kidding. Don’t come at me.
However, let us peepeth.
You know I love risotto, but this one has so much depth you just may scream. Everything is pretty standard, but the added thick ham just takes it all to an 11. (name that movie)
It’s already cubed, so let’s sear it. Both sides, all over, some good color. Just a few minutes. Get her done.
Next we’ll do like any risotto (move the ham out!) and start with sautéed onions, garlic and Arborio rice. You’ll get the aromatics nice and sautéed and the rice coated and toasted. Then add the wine! Let it bubble up and burn off. Takes just a few seconds.
I should also mention that if your tomatoes are whole-peeled, go ahead and whiz them in a food processor until smoooooth operator.
Okay, a lot of time has passed. And these two photos are out of order but I’m not changing them. You’ll be ladling over the stock and tomato mix, a half cup at a time and stirring stirring stirring slowly until the rice has absorbed all the liquid. It takes about 30 minutes, so pony up with a book or catch up on a podcast. This is your time.
Then you’ll add the arugula, let it wilt. Add the ham, stir it in. So so good.
Here’s the arugula photo. Told you I wasn’t going to change it.
Uuuuuuugh, this is so flavorful and so hardy (hearty?) and so extremely comforting. The tomatoes are rich but vibrant. The ham adds that savory depth. The arugula adds a peppery quality. It’s all just beyond exquisite for your mouths.
You cannot tell me you don’t want to crawl right in.
And oh! Toss in a Tbs. or two of some butter right at the end. You’ve tasted and salted the whole, so it’s all dialed. Look at you.
And of course tons of parmesan to garnish. This is what our souls need.
Easy enough for weeknights, refined enough for a small crowd.
You’ll love it.
This weekend calleth.