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Spicy courgettes with saffron risotto

Spicy courgettes with saffron risotto

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Simple and satisfying - perfect for impressing friends

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: per serving
low insalt0.07g


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 600g small courgette , halved lengthways
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves , chopped
  • 500g plum tomato , chopped
  • 1 large red chilli , halved and deseeded
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 250g pack saffron-flavoured risotto rice
  • 600ml boiling water
  • fresh basil leaves and vegetarian parmesan-style cheese shavings , to garnish
  • arborio rice


  • STEP 1

    Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan, then add the courgettes and fry for 3-4 mins until browned. Sprinkle with paprika, drain, then transfer to a shallow ovenproof baking dish.

  • STEP 2

    Add the remaining oil to the frying pan and fry the onion and garlic for 5 mins, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned.

  • STEP 3

    Add chopped tomatoes, chilli, sugar and seasoning, then cook for a further 2 mins. Spoon sauce over the courgettes, then put in the oven on a low shelf.

  • STEP 4

    Put the risotto rice into a casserole dish with the boiling water, then season. Cover and cook in the oven, above the courgettes, for 20 mins until the rice and courgettes are tender.

  • STEP 5

    Fluff up the rice with a fork, then spoon onto warmed serving plates. Top with the courgette mixture and garnish with fresh basil leaves and cheese.

Recipe from Good Food Vegetarian Christmas, December 2006


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