Spinach Risotto Topped
with Spiced Chickpea Crumble
- 1 package cooked chickpeas
- Salt and pepper*
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil*
- 1 onion
- 3/4 cups Arborio rice
- 1/2 cup dry white wine or water*
- 1 tablespoon white miso paste
- 4 ounces baby spinach
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- *not included
Heat the oven to 400°F. Rinse and drain the chickpeas in a colander; spread them onto a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle the chickpeas with salt and pepper, mash them lightly with a fork, and drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil. Roast, turning with a spatula once or twice, until they’re crisp and lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes.
Trim, peel, and chop the onion. Put 2 cups water in a medium pot or kettle over medium-high heat. Put the remaining tablespoon oil in a medium skillet or pot over medium heat. When it’s hot, add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally until they’re soft, 3 to 5 minutes.
Add the rice and cook, stirring occasionally, until it’s glossy and coated with oil, 2 or 3 minutes. Add a little salt and pepper and the 1/2 cup wine or water. Stir frequently and let the liquid bubble away until it’s almost evaporated.
Begin to add the hot water from the pot 1/2 cup at a time, stirring after each addition and frequently, and adjusting the heat as necessary so the mixture bubbles enthusiastically without burning. When the water is just about evaporated, add another 1/2 cup; the mixture should be neither soupy nor dry. When the chickpeas are ready, sprinkle them with the cayenne and paprika and toss well.
After about 15 minutes, begin tasting the rice; it should be tender but still have a tiny bit of crunch; it may take as long as 30 minutes to reach this stage. When it’s ready, stir in the spinach and miso paste. Taste and adjust the seasoning. To serve, divide the risotto among shallow bowls and top with the crumbled chickpeas.