Recipe: Spring Risotto (Gluten-Free)

The weather here in New England seems to have mellowed out a bit.  Over the last few weeks, we’ve experienced roller coaster fluctuations in temperatures.  One day, it’s in the 80s; the next, the 50s.   But, as I mentioned, I think things have calmed down and we can fully embrace the new season and all it has to offer.  I’d never thought of risotto as spring-weather fare, but the more I ponder it, I really can’t think of a more appropriate dish.  What better way to welcome back the appearance of fresh herbs and produce than a meal that really lets them shine.

It seems rather fitting that I’m posting such a classic Italian dish, as I’ll be heading off to Turin, a city in the Piedmont region of Italy, this week.  There’s something nerve-wracking about traveling to a country you’ve never been to… but it’s also really exhilarating.   It does help that it’s an organized food and wine tour hosted by BITEG, and I am sure they’ll take good care of us.

Before you go off to my post over at Easy Eats to get this recipe for Spring Risotto, be sure to mark your calendars for this Friday.  I’ll be hosting a giveaway that you will not want to miss.  Seriously, it’s a good one.

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  • JessicaApril 30, 2012 - 4:11 pm

    How do you make your risotto so sexy?? Love!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Panini HappyApril 30, 2012 - 4:12 pm

    Wow – have a fabulous time in Italy!!ReplyCancel

  • CassieApril 30, 2012 - 4:21 pm

    So gorgeous. Our weather has been roller coaster-like lately too, but spring risotto sounds perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ BakeritaApril 30, 2012 - 4:22 pm

    Wow – that looks amazing! I love a good risotto, and Italy has some of the best! I was in Lake Como and Venice this past summer and the food was absolutely to die for! We ate at a tiny Italian restaurant near our hotel in Lake Como and had the most amazing risotto I’ve ever tasted. Yum! I hope you have a blast and eat some delicious food!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarApril 30, 2012 - 4:35 pm

    What a fabulous dinner idea! This sounds delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.April 30, 2012 - 4:40 pm

    Looks amazing as always! I love any risottoReplyCancel

  • LirenApril 30, 2012 - 4:45 pm

    Safe travels, Brian, I can’t think of a better send off than this beautiful risotto. Italy is gorgeous this time of year, I’ll be living vicariously through you. Eat and drink well! But I don’t need to remind you, do I? Have fun!ReplyCancel

  • GeorgieApril 30, 2012 - 8:14 pm

    Have a wonderful time! Buon viaggio!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryApril 30, 2012 - 8:17 pm

    I just love risotto. For too many years it had an aura of complexity that was undeserved; it’s easy and so good! But I am just a bit confused…isn’t risotto naturally gluten free or was there some aspect of this recipe that you had to modify to make it so?

    When I see Gluten Free I do assume that the author has adjusted a recipe typically made with a gluten component to fit the diet of those who must eat gluten free…guess I’ll have to pop over and find out!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKApril 30, 2012 - 9:04 pm

    I’m such a big lover of risotto and yours is so beautiful. I told my wife you’re heading to Italy this week, she’s jealous because it’s her number one must-visit place in this world. I can’t wait to see the pics and hear all about it and pass it on to her. Good luck, you deserve the trip.ReplyCancel

  • You’re taking me with you right? Liren, Flavia and I are all getting ready to accompany you. ;-)ReplyCancel

  • JoanneMay 1, 2012 - 8:18 am

    Looks like you and I have both had veggie-full seasonally inspired risottos on the brain lately! I’m off to go check the recipe out but I just wanted to say that it looks like a breath of fresh air. Mmm.

    I actually spent a month in Turin when I was 8 (though we called it Torino…the Italian name for it) and loved it. I can’t wait to hear all about it!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine SmartMay 1, 2012 - 8:56 am

    enjoy turin! i was there for terra madre a few years ago, the food and fashion are fantastic. i’m sure you will have a wonderful time!ReplyCancel

  • MindyMay 1, 2012 - 9:21 am

    Love risotto at any time of year. Mixing up the vegetables seasonally makes it fit any time!ReplyCancel

  • Angie@Angie's RecipesMay 1, 2012 - 10:04 am

    What a fabulous risotto!ReplyCancel

  • Diane {Created by Diane}May 1, 2012 - 12:17 pm

    oh, Italy…sounds like fun! you risotto looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanMay 1, 2012 - 1:32 pm

    Mmnn. . . I LOVES me some Risotto, especially when it’s made in the spring!

    Este es la primavera de nuestro felicidad.ReplyCancel

  • TidyMomMay 1, 2012 - 5:09 pm

    oh I’m so in love with Risotto! this looks Amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Kiri W.May 1, 2012 - 7:22 pm

    Absolutely beautiful :) love the colors! And have a safe and wonderful trip!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessMay 1, 2012 - 7:50 pm

    So happy for you to go to Italy:)It’s going to be an incredible trip and too bad it’s not when we will be there. Gorgeous risotto and I could eat it every night for dinner:)xxReplyCancel

  • caraMay 1, 2012 - 10:09 pm

    I love the proportion of green vegetables to rice…brightens up the risotto so much!ReplyCancel

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of CookingMay 2, 2012 - 12:47 pm

    What a lovely spring risotto Brian! This looks so delicious and full of flavor. Very colorful, too! Going to check out your recipe now.ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionMay 2, 2012 - 4:02 pm

    This risotto looks absolutely divine, Brian! Perfect spring recipe… Can’t wait to make some for myself.

    Hope you have a lovely time in Italy… Safe travels!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline @howtobeagourmandMay 3, 2012 - 3:08 am

    What a very fitting dish for Spring. The addition of the lime and herbs really lightens the dish! Wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • JeanetteMay 3, 2012 - 10:47 pm

    What an awesome adventure in Italy – can’t wait to hear all about it. Meanwhile, I will be staring at your beautiful risotto!ReplyCancel

  • Your risotto looks stunning – I love the colours and textures! I’m a big fan of mushroom risotto but I have to admit your risotto looks a lot more photogenic :)ReplyCancel

  • Russell at Chasing DeliciousMay 5, 2012 - 7:31 pm

    I really need to try making risotto someday. I am loving the way this one looks – I bet it is scrumptious.ReplyCancel

  • Pauline RunkleMay 7, 2012 - 7:11 am

    I can not pull up the recipe for the spring rizzotto. Can you help me?ReplyCancel

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  • Paola Lovisetti-ScamihornDecember 7, 2012 - 2:23 pm

    Risotto is one of my favourite first courses. Congratulations on your work. I do like your pics, very inspiring!
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  • Order in the KitchenJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:34 am

    Beautiful risotto… I hope you enjoyed Italy! I lived there for about 6 months in college (Rome) and miss it so much! I always say I’m “Rome-sick” :(ReplyCancel

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