Creamy Risotto with Baby Lima Beans

Creamy Risotto with Baby Lima Beans

Serves 4 to 6
Tender lima beans are a pleasing addition to creamy risotto. Almonds add a little crunch and fresh herbs brighten the flavor in this dish.
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds (optional)
  • 1 cup carnaroli rice
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoons dried)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill (or 1/2 teaspoons dried)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth, simmering
  • 1 cup frozen baby lima beans, thawed
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter with the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add onion, celery and garlic and cook over medium low heat, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Do not let it brown.

Add almonds, rice, parsley, thyme and dill. Cook gently over low heat, stirring, for about 5 minutes, without browning.

Add about 1/2 cup of the hot broth and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is absorbed, 5 to 10 minutes. Add another 1/2 cup hot broth, repeating slow cooking and absorption process.

Add remaining hot broth gradually, stirring continuously, then continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender.

Stir in thawed baby lima beans and remaining tablespoon of butter. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 340 calories (130 from fat), 15g total fat, 6g saturated fat, 25mg cholesterol, 540mg sodium, 44g carbohydrates, (4 g dietary fiber, 1g sugar), 7g protein.
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