Gourmet Mushroom Risotto

Ingredients:
6 C chicken broth, divided
3 TBS olive oil, divided
1 lb. portobello mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 shallots, diced
1 1/2 C arborio rice
1/2 dry white wine
sea salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 TBS butter
1/3 C freshly grated parmesan cheese

Directions:
1. In a saucepan, warm the broth over low heat.
2. Warm 2 TBS olive oil to skillet, and stir in the shallots. Cook 1 minute. Add rice, stirring to coat with oil, about 2 minutes. When the rice has taken on a pale, golden color, pour in wine, stirring constantly until the wine is fully absorbed. Add 1/2 cup broth to the rice, and stir until the broth is absorbed. Continue adding broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring continuously, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is al dente, about 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Remove from heat, and stir in mushrooms with their liquid, butter, chives, and parmesan. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Prep: 20 min
Cook: 30 min

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Spinach-Basil Pesto

Ingredients:
1 1/2 C baby spinach leaves
3/4 C fresh basil leaves
1/2 C toasted pine nuts
1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese
4 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 TBS fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1/2 C extra virgin olive oil

Directions:
Blend the spinach, basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest, and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a food processor until nearly smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula as necessary. Drizzle the remaining olive oil into the mixture while processing until smooth.

time: 20 minutes