Caprese Risotto with Ham; the update

It’s official.  We have a wall!

Mon mari still hasn’t figured out what he’s going to do with the ceiling – meaning, how he’s going to build it.

All we know for sure is that it will be wood and have insulation between it and the roof.

The thought of insulation makes me almost not dread next winter.  Can you imagine?


Where he’s working is going to be the master bath.


This is going to be the second bath – photo taken before the wall went up.  I just had to show you the toilet…… Handsome, isn’t it?


This is the shower basin in the second bath.  The tub will go up against the stone wall…. The window is not in the bathroom.

Don’t worry, everything fits.

But it all looks a lot smaller with a wall up……

We still don’t have summer…. or even spring.

So I compromised and made Caprese Risotto.

Caprese Risotto with Ham

Caprese Risotto with Ham

2/3 cup Arborio rice (or other rice specifically for risotto – Carnaroli or Vialone Nano)
1/2 cup (4oz, 125ml) dry, white wine
2 1/4 cups (18oz, 500ml) chicken stock
1 small onion
1 tbs butter
1/3 cup (1.5oz, 45gr) Parmesan cheese – freshly grated

Heat chicken stock and keep hot over low heat.
Chop onion. In medium sauce pan heat butter; add onion and sauté until tender.  Add rice and sauté, stirring, for 2 – 3 minutes until rice has white center. Add white wine and stir.
Prepare Condimenti.
When wine is almost absorbed add a 1/3 cup of stock  and stir. (No need to stir constantly but do stir from time to time.) When stock is almost absorbed add another 1/3 cup and continue adding 1/3 cup at a time and stirring.
Before the last 1/3 cup is added taste a few kernels of rice. They should be just ‘al dente’ – slightly resistant to the tooth but fully cooked. If more stock is needed add it a tbs at a time and waiting until almost completely absorbed. At this point risotto will be thick but not stiff – there will still be visible liquid and it will not hold it’s shape on a plate. 
Add the condimenti, stir well, allowing it to heat through.  Add the Parmesan, pour into a bowl or risotto platter and serve immediately.

It will continue to absorb liquid and the leftovers (if any) will be quite stiff. The risottos that we have eaten in northern Italy have all been served in soup plates (flattish bowls) and eaten with a spoon – not a fork.


10 cherry tomatoes
14 small balls fresh mozzarella (3.5oz, 100gr)
5oz (150gr) ham
handful fresh basil leaves

Cut cherry tomatoes in half.  Cut ham into small pieces.  Tear large basil leaves.

Look!!!!  Click it so I can see how it works…..

6 thoughts on “Caprese Risotto with Ham; the update”

  1. We still don’t have summer…. or even spring.
    So I compromised and made Caprese Risotto.
    What ever the season, the Caprese Risotto looks just about right! So will the WALL! Yes, handsome toilet!

  2. I clicked Katie yes it works…we are still having a warm autumn and even though I am making soups, it is warm enough for salady foods. Not so goods when the salad produce are no longer in season but growm in glasshouses. But C’est la vie. Your risotto looks lovely

  3. I clicked too. It seemed to work. Spring arrived a week or so ago then went away. And not because summer was hot on its heels, either. Gray and rainy here.
    Love your risotto. I think I will follow your lead and post some cool weather recipes. 🙂

  4. We had spring yesterday morning for 2 hours when the wind stopped. And then it started again and we’re back to winter.
    I love every one of your Risotto recipes. The quantities are always just right…I double them for the 4 of us and they are always perfect 🙂

  5. nice receipes you have there.. I enjoy cooking a good meal after a hard days work on someones drains or kitchen plumbing….

  6. Tanna, spring has been so elusive this year.
    Thanks, Gilli, so strange to think or you going into winter cooking when we can’t seem to get out of it.
    Christine, it’s been very strange this season – heating the house with the oven is just not right ;-))
    Meredith, the wind has been driving me bonkers! Glad it works for you ;-))
    Thanks Peter.

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