Pea & vermouth grain 'risotto'

Pea & vermouth grain 'risotto'

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Cooking time

Takes 30-40 minutes

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 6

Try this wheat grain version of 'risotto' as an accompaniment to Ossobucco, instead of risotto Milanese

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
340
protein
11g
carbs
40g
fat
15g
saturates
9g
fibre
5g
sugar
0g
salt
1.6g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Marigold Swiss vegetable bouillon powder
  • 3 pouches pasta wheat (see tip)
  • 85g unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely diced
  • 75ml dry white vermouth (such as Martini)
  • 200g frozen peas
  • 4 tbsp finely grated parmesan
  • a small handful of fresh parsley, chopped

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Method

  1. Bring 1 litre/1¾ pints water and the bouillon powder to the boil in a large saucepan. Add the pouches of wheat grain, tamping them down into the liquid with a wooden spoon. Cover the pan and boil over a medium heat for 18 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, melt 50g/2oz of the butter in a medium-sized frying pan over a low-medium heat. Tip in the shallot, garlic and celery, and gently fry for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened a little but haven't coloured. Pour in the vermouth, turn up the heat and bubble until it has almost disappeared. Set the pan aside.
  3. Remove the pouches of wheat grain with a pair of tongs and leave them to drain. Tip the peas into the stock remaining in the saucepan and simmer them for 2 minutes or until hot. Drain off the stock, reserving it, and leave the peas in the pan.
  4. Cut open the pouches and tip the wheat grain into the peas, then scrape in the contents of the frying pan. Add the parmesan, parsley and the remaining butter, and season with plenty of black pepper – it's unlikely you’ll need more salt. Return the saucepan to a low heat and stir thoroughly until the cheese has melted and the 'risotto' is a loose, creamy mass, adding a spoonful or two of the reserved stock if required. Serve immediately.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2002

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paulineparker's picture

found it - Ebly ... not in sachets but good stuff. Nice recipe too.

paulineparker's picture

where can you get the pasta wheat? I usually get my shopping from Ocado but it is not on the list as far as I can tell...

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