A dutch oven or pot with a tight fitting lid is key to this brown rice risotto. You want to make sure none of the steam escapes from the cooking rice so that it cooks evenly and steams as it simmers.
Omit the cheese. The pureed beans ensure this brown rice risotto is super creamy and delicious without any dairy.
Serve alongside a roast chicken if you like. Or make it a one pot meal! Simply brown some italian sausage, sage flavored sausage, chicken apple sausage alongside the onions. Then continue cooking as directed.
Carrots and celery would be welcome fall addition in this dish. The apple, fennel, and beans are all mild flavors so I would avoid any loud, strongly flavored vegetables like radicchio or turnips. Parsnips or rutabaga are other good root vegetable options.
Make a pot of beans from scratch instead of using canned.