Courgette & broad bean risotto with basil pesto

Courgette & broad bean risotto with basil pesto

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 30 mins

Easy

Serves 2 as a main, 4 as a starter

Make this vibrant risotto with courgettes and broad beans to make the most of summer veg. Swirl through homemade pesto for a fabulous starter or main

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal698
  • fat31g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs69g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre8g
  • protein25g
  • salt2.4g
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Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 tsp butter
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  • 2 medium courgettes (about 350g), cut into 1-2cm dice
    Courgette

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  • pinch of chilli flakes or pul biber
  • pinch of grated nutmeg
    Nutmeg

    Nutmeg

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  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
    Spring onions

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  • ½ lemon, zested
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  • 150g risotto rice
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  • 75ml dry white wine or vermouth
  • 750g warm vegetable or chicken stock
  • 80g broad beans, blanched and peeled
    Broad beans

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  • courgette flowers, stamen removed and petals torn (optional)
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  • 20g parmesan or vegetarian alternative, grated, plus extra to serve
    Parmesan

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For the pesto

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • large handful of basil leaves, plus extra to serve
  • handful of mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 tbsp grated parmesan or vegetarian alternative
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Method

  1. To make the pesto, crush the garlic to a paste with a pinch of salt using a pestle and mortar. Add the pine nuts and pound to a coarse paste, then tear in the basil and mint, pounding again until they’ve broken down. Stir in the oil and cheese, then taste for seasoning – add more cheese if you like.

  2. Heat the oil and butter in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add the courgettes, sprinkle in the chilli flakes and nutmeg, and season with salt and pepper. Fry for 3-5 mins until the courgettes are golden and softened. Add the spring onions and lemon zest, and stir for a minute or two. Tip in the rice and stir to coat in the oil until translucent, about 2 mins. 

  3. Pour in the wine, then cook for a couple of minutes until it’s mostly evaporated. Add a ladleful of the stock and stir for a few minutes until it’s absorbed. Continue adding a ladleful at a time for 20-30 mins, stirring continually, until all of the stock is absorbed.

  4. Stir in the blanched broad beans and flowers, if using, and warm through for 2 mins. Remove from the heat and stir through the parmesan. Allow to sit for about 5 mins, then swirl through half of the pesto. Any remaining pesto will keep chilled for up to two days.

  5. Divide the risotto between bowls and scatter with the extra basil leaves, extra cheese and another spoonful of the pesto, if you like.

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bushfox1
4th Jul, 2020
5.05
Lovely recipe for baby broad beans and courgettes. I used fresh bought pesto and we had it as a main for two - perfect
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