Nearly every Thursday for the past three years, I’ve met a couple of friends at The Brass Cafe and Saloon in downtown Mount Pleasant, Michigan for dinner. We catch up on the latest in our lives and enjoy amazing food. And when there’s risotto on the menu, we’re drooling until the bowls arrive at the table.
As a result, I shared this recipe for a vegetarian risotto with my Thursday night friends. It couldn’t be any easier to prepare: chop some stuff, dump everything into an oven bag, seal it up, put it into the oven, and wait. In an hour, you’ve got a creamy, tender risotto that’s utterly satisfying.
You start with a few ingredients…
And end up an hour later with a bag hot from the oven…
that is a hearty, creamy meal.
The recipe easily makes enough for 4-6 and is definitely flexible. This time around I used both cannelloni and garbanzo beans. And I didn’t have fresh garlic in the house so used garlic powder. Still tastes fabulous!
Here’s the recipe from the Socialist Potluck Cookbook & Manifesto. Wish I would have kept the small, spiral-bound cookbook; it’s now selling for $44 on Amazon!
- 1 large cooking bag
- 1 tablespoon flour
- GROUP ONE
- 3 cups spinach, shredded
- 1 cup bell pepper, chopped
- 1 cup mushroom, quartered
- 2 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup scallions, sliced
- 1 cup peas
- ⅔ cup Arborio rice
- GROUP TWO
- 1 10oz can chicken broth
- 1 14oz can cannelloni beans, rinsed
- ¾ cup white wine
- ½ teaspoon basil
- GROUP THREE
- 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- Black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Shake flour into bag to coat. Add GROUP ONE and gently squeeze the bag.
- Add GROUP TWO and squeeze some more.
- Place the bag into a 13x9x2 pan and distribute to form a single layer.
- Close bag and cut slits in the top for vents. Bake 1 hour.. Risotto should be creamy; rice should be tender.
- Pour contents into serving dish and stir in parmesan and pepper.
- If peas are frozen, the original recipe advises thawing them before putting into the bag; i’ve never had difficulty with unthawed peas.
- Can be doubled, but probably not tripled because the oven bag won’t be big enough.
- Can substitute different kinds of beans, or different veggies as desired.
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