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A risotto for early summer

A risotto for early summer

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(13 ratings)

Cook: 50 mins

Moderately easy

Serves 1
Deliciously creamy risotto without being too rich

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition per serving

  • kcalories674
  • fat28g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs83g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre8g
  • protein21g
  • salt1.78g
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Ingredients

  • 450ml vegetable stock, made wth half a stock cube
  • 4 asparagus spear, trimmed (trimmings kept) and each spear sliced into 4
  • 200-250g/8-9oz peas in the pod, about 85g/3oz podded (pods kept)

    Peas

    p-ees

    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 85ml risotto rice

    Risotto rice

    To create an authentic creamy Italian risotto, the use of specialist rice is imperative. It…

  • 3 tbsp white wine (keep the rest of the bottle chilling)
  • small handful of freshly grated Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • small handful of rocket and a few Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative) shavings, to serve

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

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Method

  1. Simmer the stock for 10 minutes with the asparagus trimmings and pea pods; these will intensify the flavour. Strain into a jug.

  2. While the stock is simmering, heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a wide, shallow pan. Tip in the onion and fry gently for 5-6 minutes, stirring, until it is soft but not coloured. Add the rice and continue to stir and cook for 1-2 minutes until the grains become see-through at the edges and begin to make ‘clicking’ noises.

  3. Add the wine (it should bubble and evaporate), then 50ml/2fl oz of the stock. Stir well and simmer gently until all the liquid has been absorbed. Now pour in another 50ml/2fl oz stock and stir again. Continue adding the stock and stirring. After about 7 minutes, when half the stock has been added, swirl in the asparagus and peas. Carry on adding stock in small amounts until it has been absorbed; this will take about 10 more minutes. Now the risotto should be a little wet and sloppy and the rice tender with a nutty bite.

  4. Turn off the heat, then gently stir in the grated Parmesan, taste and season. You may need only a little black pepper as the Parmesan and stock are both salty. Spoon the risotto on to a plate, top with the rocket, drizzle with the remaining olive oil and scatter with Parmesan shavings. Pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy your meal.

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Comments (21)

craftybeggar's picture
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Gorgeous, easily doubled for two. I used frozen peas and will definitely make this again.

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