Parsley & Leek Risotto; walking alone

When I lived in the U.S., in the frozen north (Minnesota & Wisconsin), we had winters that were very cold with lots of snow.

Outdoor plants died or went dormant.

Perennial plants would come back in the spring but annuals had to be planted each year.

Parsley is a bi-annual – meaning it has a 2-year life span.

It never lived through a Minnesota winter at my house.

Here it does just fine.

I had parsley in the potager that I didn’t think lived through the dry, hot summer only to see it growing in the cold, damp winter.

Last week I saw parsley starting to come up in a pot I had planted it in 2 years ago. It was growing through last years stems of dead basil.

I’ll not question nature but simply be grateful for the surprises.

This recipe serves 4 as a side dish, rather than my usual 2 servings. I planned ahead to so I could make Risotto Cakes. Recipe to follow.

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Parsley & Leek Risotto

This Risotto is a great side dish for a roast or steak.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Risotto


  • 2/3 cup (4.2oz, 125gr) Arborio rice (or other rice specifically for risotto – Carnaroli or Vialone Nano)
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) dry, white wine
  • 2 1/4 cups (18oz, 540ml) chicken broth
  • 1 small leek, trimmed, cut in half lengthwise, and sliced, including light green
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (2oz, 60gr) Parmesan cheese – freshly grated
  • 1 tbs olive oil


  • Heat chicken broth and keep hot over low heat.
  • In medium sauce pan heat oil; add leek and sauté until transparent.
  • Add rice and sauté, stirring, for 1 – 2 minutes until rice has white center.
  • Add white wine and stir.
  • When wine is almost absorbed add a 1/4 cup of broth, stir. (No need to stir constantly but do stir from time to time.)
  • When broth is almost absorbed add another 1/4 cup and continue adding 1/4 cup at a time and stirring.
  • Before adding the last 1/4 cup taste a few kernels of rice.  They should be just ‘al dente’ – slightly resistant to the tooth, but fully cooked.
  • If more broth is needed add it 1/8 cup 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 Parmesan and the parsley, stir well.
  • Spoon into a bowl or risotto platter and serve.


If you use dried parsley, only use 1/4 cup and add it to the broth right away.
Substitute a small onion, chopped, for the leek.


  • Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
  • Calories: 223
  • Sugar: 1.4 g
  • Sodium: 769.7 mg
  • Fat: 6.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.4 g
  • Fiber: 0.6 g
  • Protein: 7.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 10 mg
Parsley & Leek Risotto

You could also try Risi e Bisi (Risotto with Peas).

I’ve lost my walking buddy.

We’ve walked, 10 – 15 km (6.5 – 7.5 miles) once a week for over 10 years.

The siren song of kids and grandkids proved irresistible and they are moving ‘home’ to the U.K.

It was me and a good audio book today – and my camera.

The fields are looking green and the ponds are finally filling with water.

We’ve had lots of rain but the water table was so low that the ponds are not filling fast.

After a cold 2 weeks today was tolerable.

There were flowers:

English primroses stuck into the bank along the road….

I think I mentioned that I have a new phone – that didn’t come with earbuds.

I bought Bluetooth earbuds.

They’re wonderful.

I wear 1 and there are no cables draping around my neck.

My books and I are ready for a long walking season.

2 thoughts on “Parsley & Leek Risotto; walking alone”

  1. That risotto looks wonderful! I planted parsley this year in a pot. I did nothing to it when winter rolled in. We’ll see what happens this coming spring. This morning, it was zero out. Again.

    I have a love/hate relationship with bluetooth earbuds here. I can’t see to get them to connect every time and when they do, they don’t want to stay connected. This does not make me happy. I don’t use them often since I have no good places to walk unless I drive to them first and that sort of negates the whole purpose of walking for me, but I’ll occasionally use them when I’m working in the garden if it’s a light day. I don’t like spending more time reconnecting than gardening though.

    I’m sorry you lost your walking partner. When you first said that, I was thinking someone else…

    • This is my first try with bluetooth and my phone. Apparently, I got lucky as they connected right away and I’ve not had any issues. So nice to not have the wires hanging around. I just use one and it’s great. Plus they were not at all expensive.
      Yes, no one to argue politics with anymore – or be lectured on what I don’t know. I did a lot of listening on our walks so that won’t change lol

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