Drunken Risotto with Spinach & Speck
- 1 Quart Chicken Stock
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4- 1/3 pound speck or bacon
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 - 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup grated Pecorino-Romano, plus more for serving
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups (packed) chopped baby spinach
- Freshly grated nutmeg
In a small saucepan, warm the stock and 1 cup water over low heat.
In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high. Add the speck or bacon and cook, stirring often, until beginning to crisp, 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the onion and garlic and stir until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the rice and stir 1 minute.
Stir in the thyme and season with salt and pepper.
Add the wine and stir until absorbed, 3 to 5 minutes.
Add the warm stock 1 cup at a time, allowing it to be absorbed between additions and stirring constantly, until the rice is al dente, 18 to 20 minutes.
Add 1 cup cheese and the butter; stir until melted.
Add the spinach; stir until wilted, about 1 minute; add nutmeg and season. Top with more cheese.