Baked Arborio Rice with Marinated Artichokes

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan or tea kettle.

2. Heat oil in a 4-quart flameproof casserole. Add the onion and saute over medium heat until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until lightly colored, about 1 minute. Add rice and cook, stirring constantly, just until grains are coated with the oil, about 1 minute.

3. Stir in the artichoke hearts, cheese, parsley, boiling water, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and cover the casserole.

4. Bake until rice is tender and creamy and liquid has been absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove casserole from the oven and let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Gently stir with a large spoon to distribute the artichokes and parsley evenly. Adjust seasonings and serve immediately. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Goes great with Roasted Salmon, Beef Roast or Pork Roast or even Roasted Chicken!

From The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook, by Jack Bishop.


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