Risi e ceci (chick pea risotto)

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If you like to cook, you probably own a book by Mark Bittman.  Most likely it is How to Cook Everything, which I am pretty sure my mom gave me when I rented my first apartment after college, and is one of the most torn, sticky and crumb-filled books in my kitchen.  When I have a cooking question, it’s usually Bittman first and Google second.   His books are a great way to learn to cook, rather than just follow a recipe — learn his basic recipe, try one of his variations and finally add your own tweaks. This recipe comes from Food Matters, and is a take on a classic risotto with rice and peas.  I swapped chick peas for peas and cilantro for parsley.  Oh, and I used traditional arborio rice instead of brown.  The result is very tasty, and still about the healthiest dish you can make that still counts as risotto.

Serves 2

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