Mushroom-Spinach Risotto


Last Tuesday, after a full day of work and two hours of class, I went to the grocery store.  In my drowsy state of exhaustion, I decided I wanted rice.  Unknowingly I purchased arborio, the kind of rice used for risotto, instead of the regular longer grain rice that I’m accustomed to.  I don’t think it was a language barrier, as the box was clearly labeled “arborio.”  It was probably just that I was tired, hungry and not in the right state of mind.

Long story short.  I now have a box of arborio rice sitting in my kitchen cabinet.  Clearly, it can’t go to waste.  Neither can the huge bag of spinach that I purchased in a moment of desperation when I felt like I’d had it with carbohydrates.

But alas, carbohydrates can’t seem to escape me.  Luckily, they’re delicious.

Mushroom-Spinach Risotto

2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 cup arborio rice
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 cup white wine
3 cups vegetable broth, warm
2 cups fresh chopped spinach
pepper to taste
1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese (or more if you’d like)

Heat oil in a pot on medium heat.  Add mushrooms and arborio, cook for 5-10 mins until rice begins to turn translucent.  Add garlic and cook for an additional minute.    Add white wine, stir until it is almost completely absorbed.  Then begin to add the broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until the liquid absorbs.  Repeat until you’ve used all but a bit of the broth.  Stir in the chopped spinach and the last bit of liquid.  Keep stirring until almost completely absorbed, then add the pepper and parmesan.  Once all the liquid is absorbed, serve immediately.

Serves 4.

I think I’m going to suck it up and pay the 195 Euro to use a gym for three months.  I think it might be worth it.

Even though I walk everywhere here, I don’t think it’s going to cut it.  I hadn’t realized how lucky I was to have a cheap gym so close to me in Ithaca.  While I don’t miss the snow, I definitely miss how easy it was to work out.

I’ll keep you posted on the gym dilemma.  Any thoughts?

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5 thoughts on “Mushroom-Spinach Risotto

  1. simplyshaka says:

    I have some arborio rice siting in my cupboard but have never used it. I have no clue why but one of these days I will make some risotto.

    Can you lookup on dvd’s or workouts on your laptop and do them at your place?

    • Karla says:

      Definitely make risotto! It’s delicious! and pretty easy! I tried getting P90X from a friend, but sadly it resulted in my external hard drive crashing 😦 The workouts I’ve found online have been pretty underwhelming. Plus, a gym could be a great place to make Italian friends!… or just ignore everyone haha

    • Karla says:

      Before I arrived here, I had EVERY intention of running, but then when I got here, I realized that I feel horribly uncomfortable running with the idea of running here. Cobblestones, crazy drivers, tons of people everywhere all the time. Still keeping my eye out for a good place to run here but honestly, it doesn’t seem very conducive and I don’t see too many runners around.

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