This recipe started as a joke, morphed into an experiment, and ended up as a favorite. We love the combination of asparagus, peas, and spinach for their flavor, color, and texture, but feel free to experiment with your own mix of fresh and frozen vegetables.
- Bring the chicken stock to a boil in a medium pot over a medium-high heat and lower to a simmer.
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and salt and cook, stirring frequently, until they are soft and translucent (about 4 minutes).
- When the onions are soft, add the rice and cook, stirring constantly, until coated with oil and lightly toasted (about 2 minutes), then add the white wine and stir vigorously until the wine is completely evaporated. Add 1 cup of the chicken stock and continue to cook, stirring vigorously, until the stock is almost completely absorbed (about 4 minutes), then add another cup of stock and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the stock is almost completely absorbed. Add the frozen vegetables and remaining 2½ cups of stock and cook, stirring gently, until the stock is absorbed and the rice is fully cooked but still al dente (about 15 minutes).
- Lower the flame to a simmer and gently stir in the parsley, mint, and butter and allow to melt and wilt for 30 seconds before adding all but ½ cup of the cheese.
- Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with the black pepper and remaining cheese.
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