Cheesy Hamburger Risotto



Kris had some dental work done (temporary crown) so her mouth was a bit sore and she requested something easy to eat. We came up with this cheesy risotto with hamburger. This turned out tasty and will be a keeper!

First step was to make the risotto. This is a slow process as you really need to tend to the rice as it is cooking. First step heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil and butter. Add 1 small diced onion and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add one cup Arborio rice  and cook (stirring constantly) for 2 minutes. Pour in one cup of chicken stock and cook until liquid is absorbed.2012-12-13_18-13-13_744Add remaining stock (2 cups) one cup at a time and cook until liquid is absorbed. When rice is done, cover and set aside.

Now cook 1 Lb of hamburger along with a diced pepper ( I used a yellow pepper for sweetness). As the burger is cooking add some chili pepper, salt and pepper. When burger is done, drain excess grease and return to pan.

2012-12-13_18-37-31_823Add risotto to hamburger and season. I used thyme, basil, mediterranean seasoning, and garlic salt. Cook over low heat to let the spices do their magic. In the meantime make the cheese sauce. In a small sauce pan mix about a cup of colby jack cheese, 1/4 cup cream, 2 Tbsp butter and cook over low heat until cheese is melted. Transfer hamburger risotto mixture to a casserole dish, pour cheese sauce over the top and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes.

2012-12-13_18-57-02_427Serve in large bowl with fresh grated parmesan cheese on top . Enjoy!!


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