Italian rice and chard soup

Yield: 7 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 bunches Fresh green or red chard
¼ cup Olive oil
¼ cup Minced onion
3 cups (approximately) chicken
\N \N Stock
½ cup Arborio rice
⅓ cup Fresh basil leaves -- for
\N \N Garnish
\N \N Grated Parmesan cheese --
\N \N For garnish

1. Wash chard well. Remove stems and cut them into ¼-inch pieces. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and blanch the chard leaves for 10 to 15 seconds. Transfer them with a large slotted spoon to ice water, then drain, squeeze dry, and chop coarsely. Blanch the stems in the same boiling water, refresh them in ice water, then drain and dry.

2. Heat oil in a large pot over moderate heat. Add onion and saute until translucent and soft (3 to 5 minutes). Add chard stems and stir to coat with oil. Add chicken stock and rice and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer gently 15 minutes or until rice is just cooked. Add chopped chard and heat through gently. If rice has absorbed most of stock, add a little more, but soup should be thick. 3. To serve, cut the basil into fine julienne. Divide soup among warm bowls and garnish with julienned basil and Parmesan.

Recipe By : The California Culinary Academy File

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