I love pasta.  I could eat it every day.  In fact, some weeks, I think I actually do eat it every day.  While sticking to a daily routine is comfy & easy, sometimes you need to switch it up a bit.  Here’s the question:  What other delicious Italian starchy side could accompany my chicken or fish dinner?  Got it:  Risotto.

Here’s my problem…risotto takes for EVER to make.  First you have to cut & prep all the onions & veggies, brown them, add the rice, add the stock, stir consistently, & here’s the kicker..never step away from the pan!  Trust me, if I had time, I’d love to revisit my risotto cooking lesson with Papa (and…yes…I’ll keep the rice flat) & spend 40 minutes making risotto every night.  However, being a working mom, time isn’t always on my side.  I need a faster way to swap out my side dish.

Thanks to Formato Brothers, I’m able to trade my pasta for yummy risotto & still keep to my after-work/school schedule with the kids.  Since we’re heading into the summer months, my go-to selection is Vigo Italian Style Risotto Primavera.  It’s so easy to make:  just boil water, add some butter, stir in risotto contents, cover, simmer, step away!

It’s always challenging to break away from a normal routine, but if you’re looking to change up your Italian side dish, but don’t have a lot of time, try Formato Brothers’ Vigo Italian Style Risotto Primavera.

–Andrea Formato