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Spiced Pear Risotto

 Spiced Pear Risotto
We love risotto and are always in search of fun and different ways to prepare it. I like to serve this fruity version with pork tenderloin.—Kim Berto, Port Orchard, Washington
10 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups uncooked arborio rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1 large pear, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, heat broth and keep warm. In a Dutch oven, saute
  • the onion, red pepper and garlic in butter until tender, about 3
  • minutes.
  • Add the rice, five-spice powder and cayenne; cook and stir for 2-3
  • minutes. Reduce heat to medium; add cider. Cook and stir until all
  • of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Add warm broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly. Allow the
  • liquid to absorb between additions. Cook just until risotto is
  • creamy and rice is almost tender. (Cooking time is about 25
  • minutes.)
  • Add the pear, 1/4 cup cheese and pepper; cook and stir until heated

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Spiced Pear Risotto (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Yield: 10 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup equals 293 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 675 mg sodium, 54 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.