Farmers Market Risotto from Arricia

Sara Beth Mullins
Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

Farmers Market Risotto from Arricia

For a true taste of Italy, visit A·T | Ariccia Trattoria.  Arricia has an open kitchen and outdoor terrace seating. With a fresh new menu going back to their Italian roots. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as Sunday Brunch. The chefs create menus that incorporate the freshest seasonal ingredients and can be enjoyed in a variety of Italian specialties. Ariccia features an espresso bar, unique wine list, and has a private dining room for special events. Open seven days, 6:30am- 10pm.

To bring the delicious Italian cuisine into your home, head over to any of our local farmers markets and grab a basketful of your favorite veggies! Local farmers markets include: Georges Farmers Market, O Grows Farmers Market, the Market at Ag Heritage Park and more can be found here.


Farmers Market Risotto


2 cups Arborio rice

1 cup of white wine

2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp cracked black pepper

1 tbs minced garlic

½ sweet onion small diced

Farmers market veggies small diced such as:

(you can add as many or as little of these varieties as you want in your risotto, 1/8 cup diced each)

  • Yellow squash
  • Patty pan squash
  • Zephyr squash
  • Zucchini
  • Blanched field peas
  • Heirloom tomatoes



In a medium-sized frying pan bring up extra virgin olive oil and add onions and garlic, saute until onions are becoming translucent, about 3-4 minutes.

Add the rice and cook, stirring occasionally, until the kernels start to crackle, about 1 to 2 minutes. Pour a cup of white wine and reduce.  Pour a ladleful of broth over the rice and let simmer, stirring constantly until the rice absorbs the broth and the bottom of the pot is nearly dry. Add all diced vegetables and then continue adding broth a little at a time, until the rice is nearly al dente, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve. If you want the dish to be vegan, do not add cheese. If vegetarian will do, you can add shaved parmesan cheese to cover.


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