Lemon Thyme Risotto Recipe

Nora Rušev | Savory Nothings Updated

Lemon Thyme Risotto will be the Italian dish you'll crave and make over and over again. Enjoy with a crispy glass of white wine.

Some things seem hard, so very hard. Undoable, really.

Until we put in the blood and sweat and tears and they become second nature to us.

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Changing a newborn’s diaper? It’s nerve-wrecking at best and tear-inducing at worst.

Until you‘ve done it more times than you can count, and you’re able to do it in your sleep. (Which is exactly what you WILL be doing, by the way.)

Learning a new skill. How many times have you decided to learn a new language, only to give up because it seemed too hard to do, like you’d never get a true grasp of it?

Wanted to learn about photography? Wood work? Craft beer? Artisan baking? Or something a little less hipster - knit your new baby some cute booties?

Changing diapers is something you‘ll inevitably have to do until your kid is ready to go without.

But learning a new skill, a new craftsmanship? You can quit. You can quit so easily.

And then you‘ll feel guilty, because you never pull through. You feel ridiculous because can you not just get over how hard it is and put in the work for once?

Are you somehow broken, or what the eff is wrong with you?

And in the end you come to the conclusion - it’s all your fault, you must be such a lazy person.

But you’re wrong. (What, WRONG AGAIN?! Hear me out.)

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It’s not you. It’s everything else.

And by everything, I mean the overwhelm of doing all the things, all of the time.

We scroll through Instagram and feel like we need to become professional photographers to keep up with that guy we faintly remember from high school. We’re convinced we need to learn three new languages this year, because otherwise Cousin Mandy “wins”.

Only - what does she “win”? Best language learner award? The "You Are So Much Better At Life Than Me” diploma?

And it doesn’t stop with ourselves either, because we transfer this to our kids as well.

Just think about school for a minute. All the subjects.

Every teacher expecting them to “get” every subject. So many different skills, competences and abilities to acquire.

And then we fill their free time with extra-curriculars, sports and what-nots because how will they ever stand a chance against that violin-playing doctor’s daughter?

Are you a Modern Family watcher? This is why Alex Dunphy is always so stressed.

This is why Hermione goes nuts trying to fit in every subject with a time turner.

And this is why you can never pull through, why you feel like a failure, why you think you must be broken somehow.

It’s just too much. You can do anything, but you cannot do everything.

Sure, some may seem to cope with the demands of doing seventeen things on any given Sunday.

But can you really see behind their facade? Can you really see how much (or little) patience they have with their children doing homework at 10.30pm? Can you really tell how healthy their marriage is, how much strength they have left to love and cherish each other?

When you decide to simplify your life (note how I say “when” and not “if”, because I’m a positivity-ist and I believe in you), you can’t stop at your physical belongings, at materialism. It goes deeper, so so much deeper.

And in some ways, I believe it’s where you should start before you ever tackle your capsule wardrobe.

If you pick your very best to focus on instead of trying to give everything a little bit of attention, the “pulling through" becomes effortless. Because it’s the ONE thing you want to achieve, right?

If the manual mode settings of your camera aren‘t hindering your ability to get a grasp of the irregular verb forms in French, or even how exactly to parent that crazy toddler of yours - when you focus on your Most Important, the handful of VIPs in your life, everything falls into place.

It’s the baby-steps game of real life. When you do less, you do it better. You do it with more passion. And you do it with so much more love.

To hell with multi-tasking. Only when you focus on what deserves your attention, the distraction of doing multiple times at once becomes… Less distracting.

It’s the reason why I used to feel like my children are just in my way (while, at the same time, achieving nothing at all really), distracting me from work/play/whatever the hype of the day used to be.

And slowing down, narrowing the focus of my life, doing less with intention, is the reason why, while writing this post, I paused three times to feed my toddler and then got up to eat imaginary ice cream with her.

After that I simply got back to writing.

It doesn’t stop with the big-picture stuff, though. Doing too much, being too cluttered with our actions, is something that penetrates every part of our lives, even the mundane ones.

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Take cooking for example. Cooking risotto.

Are you going to call me crazy when I tell you it’s one of our quick and easy go-to weeknight dinner options? No, it’s not because we’re fancy Europeans thinking life is not worth living without eating delicious Italian food every day.

It’s not because I need an excuse to drink wine (last week while grocery shopping, my 2.5 year old earnestly told the cashier that the white wine we’re buying is for risotto, NOT KIDDING HERE).

It’s because we love risotto, and we made it so many times we can now do it in our sleep while changing diapers.

Or something like that.

Focusing on fewer recipes and more excellency at adding variety to them is what saves my sanity with little kids in the kitchen.

If you love risotto, I want to challenge you, no matter how scary you think it is to make, do it. Don’t try to learn any other new recipes while you’re at it.

Cook risotto. Every week, until you can cook risotto just as well as you can change a diaper.

Or maybe even a little bit better. 

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Lemon Thyme Risotto Recipe

    4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried, heaping
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio Rice
  • 1/2 cup Dry White Wine
  • 4 cups Chicken Stock, kept hot in a small saucepan
  • 3 ounces Taleggio, cut into small cubes
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Lemon, cut into fillets (that means cutting the lemon flesh between the white membranes), then cut into thirds
For Topping (optional):
  • Lemon Zest
  • Fresh Thyme

Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook gently for 3-4 minutes without browning. Stir in the thyme and the risotto rice and cook, stirring frequently, for another 3-4 minutes, until translucent.
  2. Pour in the white wine and cook while stirring constantly until the liquid has evaporated.
  3. Add a few ladles of broth until the rice is just covered. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring often, until most of the broth has been absorbed. Repeat this process until all the broth has been used up or until the rice is done. This should take 15-20 minutes and the rice should still be al dente. (Risotto isn’t overcooked rice, it’s rice with a bite in a creamy, starchy sauce).
  4. To finish the risotto, take the pot off the heat and add the Taleggio and butter. Don’t stir, resist the urge, ha! Put the lid back on and let the risotto rest for a few minutes, now you’re allowed to stir.
  5. Finally, fold in the lemon fillets and top with a little fresh thyme and lemon zest if you like. Serve immediately.

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Author: Nora Rušev
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 138
Calories 337

% Daily Value*
27%
Total Fat 17g
21%
  Saturated Fat 4g
43%
Sodium 1041mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate 17g
1%
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 1g
8%
Protein 4g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Nora Rušev

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Nora loves to create fresh and easy family meals on her site, Savory Nothings. We're excited to have her as our Farm to Table fanatic. Things are about to get delicious!