Italian Regional Recipes Primi Piatti: Pasta, Rice, Soups

Pear and Gorgonzola Risotto

In Italy we have a famous way of saying that more or less goes like this: don’t tell the farmer how good pears and cheese are together – otherwise, he may keep them all for himself!

Try for yourself what a wonderful combination pears and cheese are: this risotto is a chic, tasty and delicate dish, characterised by contrasting flavours. The stark and moldy taste of the gorgonzola blends well with the sweetness of the pears, and the creaminess of butter and Parmesan ties everything together.

This recipe originated in the Lombardia region, in the North of Italy, but it’s now well known throughout the whole peninsula.


Serves: 4 | Preparation time: 15 mins | Cooking time: 20 mins

  • Carnaroli rice: 320 g
  • Gorgonzola: 100 g
  • Parmesan, grated: 80 g
  • Butter, unsalted: 50 g
  • Pears, medium sized: 2
  • Shallots or red onions: 1
  • White wine, dry: 1 glass
  • Nutmeg, grated: a pinch
  • Vegetable broth (to cook the rice): to taste

Method

Prepare the vegetable broth with onion, carrot and celery, or with the vegetables you have at hand.

Finely chop the onion and then brown it in a large pan with 30 g of melted butter.

Add the rice in the pan and let it toast it for a few minutes, until it becomes translucent. Pour in the wine and simmer until it’s reduced. Cover the rice with the vegetable broth and let it boil; don’t forget to stir frequently so that the rice doesn’t stick to the pan, and add more broth when necessary.

Chop up the gorgonzola and the pears in little cubes, and add them to the risotto when the rice is almost cooked through; the right moment to mix them in is when you estimate that the rice only lacks 5 minutes to be completely ready. Flavour with the grated nutmeg.

Tip: When you chop up the pears, put some slices aside – they will make for a classy and original decoration.

When rice is well cooked, turn off the heat and take off the pan from the stovetop. Add the remaining 20 g of butter and the grated Parmesan. Stir well and leave it rest for 2 minutes before serving it.

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