Ever since we realized how easy risotto is to make, it has been a huge staple in our house. Given our namesake, we decided to learn to make it and have so several times. The first time we attempted to make risotto, I was admittedly very nervous over the seemingly daunting task. However, after our first delicious attempt, we were shocked by how easy the process truly was. Now, in no time, I can make risotto with very little effort. It has become our equivalent of simple pasta night in our home. Because we love to make and eat risotto so much, we have made it now for every season and have crafted a delicious way to enjoy it any time of year. Check out our pumpkin risotto for the fall, our lobster risotto for the winter, and our pancetta and asparagus risotto for the spring. This summertime risotto was just as delicious as our other seasonal concoctions and it perfectly captured summer in the rich and flavorful dish.
What I love most about risotto is how versatile it is. This summertime risotto can be adapted to include any garden vegetable that is teaming in your backyard. Zucchini, green beans or any squash would be a perfect addition to this easy dish. The inspiration for this dish actually came from working in my mom’s beautiful and wonderfully overgrown garden this summer.
A few weeks ago, my mom broke her arm in three places while on a rafting vacation. When Dan and I went out to help her around the house, one of my assigned jobs was to harvest her garden. She was so upset to not be able to take care of it on her own and has loved maintaining this gorgeous garden. When I adopted her task, I quickly fell in love with everything in her garden and realized why she was so sad to hand over this duty. Her garden was ripe with stunning colors from the heirloom tomatoes to the ripening eggplant. Even though I worked in the blistering heat for a few hours, it was so fun to have recipes dance in my head. These vibrant vegetables gave me so many ideas for future meals, and I am so happy to bring one to life already.
Whether or not you have a beautiful garden at home, this summertime risotto can utilize anything you harvest. Both rich and flavorful, it is a perfect summer dish that others will be impressed by. Best of all, it is deceivingly easy and is ready in no time. Enjoy this delicious risotto and we hope you try it with any summer vegetable you have on hand.