Fennel & lemon risotto

Fennel & lemon risotto

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(58 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Serves 2

This new way with risotto makes an easy supper for two. For a non-veggie option, just add a few cooked, peeled prawns

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal477
  • fat16g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs69g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre7g
  • protein13g
  • salt1.12g
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Ingredients

  • 1 large fennel bulb, base trimmed
    Fennel bulb

    Fennel bulb

    Like Marmite, fennel is something that you either love or hate – its strong aniseed…

  • 1 tbsp butter, plus a knob
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

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

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 140g risotto rice
    Risotto rice

    Risotto rice

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

  • 175ml white wine
  • 550ml hot vegetable stock
  • zest 1 lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 25g parmesan or vegetarian alternative, grated
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

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

Make it non-veggie

  • small handful cooked, peeled prawns per portion
    Prawn

    Prawn

    praw-n

    There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…

Method

  1. Chop any green leafy fennel fronds and set aside. Cut off the stalk-like fennel top, remove the outer layers and finely chop both. Heat 1 tbsp butter in a frying pan and cook the onion, garlic and chopped fennel until soft but not coloured.

  2. Add the rice and stir for 1 min. Pour over most of the wine and simmer until evaporated. Add 500ml of the hot stock, a ladleful at a time, stirring between each addition until it is absorbed.

  3. Meanwhile, slice remaining fennel and fry in knob of butter until browned. Add remaining stock and wine and cook until tender.

  4. When the rice is cooked, stir in the zest, Parmesan and some seasoning. Take off the heat and set aside, covered, for 2 mins. Serve in bowls, topped with the fennel fronds and cooked fennel, stirring the prawns through if using.

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charlit
9th Jun, 2011
5.05
I've started adding roasted red bell pepper to this: I oven-roast it, remove the skin, cut it into strips, and stir it in with the other ingredients at the last moment. Omnomnomnomnomnom :)
docker
16th May, 2011
Very good website, but is it possible to give images to more ingredients. For example what is "hot vegetable stock"? Many "easy" recipes are actually pretty hard to collect the ingredients for.
annamay56
12th May, 2011
this recipe uses parmesan...parmesan is not actually vegetarian! its made with generally calves rennet!!
lhea-ibiza
18th Apr, 2011
5.05
ace! didnt have to change a thing....very creamy and tasty! :-)
bettylarouge
17th Apr, 2011
5.05
Goergeous. One of my favourites!
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LibrarianGoddess
23rd Feb, 2011
4.05
Not only great for dinner but also excellent for next day's lunchbox. I added some asparagus as well as the fennel and it was delicious. I also left out the wine, as I always do for risotto - I prefer to consume it directly rather than via a middleman :)
segmentedsarah
15th Feb, 2011
5.05
Made this for a valentine's meal and it was delicious - the flavours were delicate but complex. Top recipe!
charlit
10th Feb, 2011
5.05
Delicious!!! I used a vegan parmesan substitute and soy butter, but other than that stuck to the recipe. Really, really wonderful!
emily84
16th Jan, 2011
Thanks for spotting that, we've taken that instruction out now. Apologies for any confusion! Thanks, Emily
cathpren
12th Jan, 2011
It sounds good, but I guess the instruction to turn on the oven is a leftover from some other meal?

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