mario batali's spanish-style rice with winter vegetablesPrep: 25 minutes Cook: 30 minutes ingredients1 to 2 tsp. saffron threads (1/2 gram) or Spanish paprika7 to 8 cups vegetable broth (two 32-oz. boxes)2 cups arborio rice or short-grain rice1 medium carrot, coarsely chopped1 medium red sweet pepper, coarsely chopped1 small turnip, peeled and chopped1/2 small acorn squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed4 green onions, thinly sliced1 cup cremini mushrooms, quartered1/2 medium zucchini, chopped5 to 6 Tbsp. olive oil Fresh thyme leavesdirections
1. In small saucepan combine saffron and 1 cup water; bring to boiling. Remove from heat. In large saucepan bring broth to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and keep warm.
2. In 12-inch skillet combine saffron mixture and rice; bring to boiling over high heat. Simmer, stirring frequently, until most liquid is absorbed. Add carrot, sweet pepper, turnip, squash, and 1 cup broth; bring to boiling; reduce heat to medium. Simmer and stir until most liquid is absorbed. Continue adding broth, 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly until liquid is absorbed and rice is just tender (about 20 minutes, adding 5 cups broth total).
3. Add green onions, mushrooms, zucchini, and 1 cup broth. Cook and stir until liquid is absorbed. Add remaining 1 to 2 cups broth. Cook and stir until vegetables are tender and rice is tender yet slightly firm in the center (about 10 minutes, adding 2 to 3 cups broth total.)
4. Remove from heat; stir in 4 tablespoons of the olive oil. To serve, drizzle with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with thyme. Makes 8 servings.
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