Watercress risotto with goat's cheese
- Preparation and cooking time
- More effort
- Serves 4
- 200g watercress
- 1 small bunch of basil
- 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 400g risotto rice
- 150ml white wine
- 1.4 litres hot vegetable or chicken stock
- 70g parmesan or vegetarian alternative, finely grated
- ½ lemon, zested
- 120g soft goat's cheese
- 50g hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
- STEP 1
Blitz most of the watercress in a food processor with the basil and 1 tbsp of the olive oil until you have a smooth purée. Set aside.
- STEP 2
Heat the remaining oil and the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and cook on a low heat for 15 mins or until softened. Stir through the garlic and cook for 1 min. Add the rice and fry for 2 mins. Pour in the wine, simmer and reduce by half. Add half the stock and bring to a rapid simmer, stirring until the stock is absorbed. Once absorbed, add a ladleful of stock at a time and cook until the rice is al dente, stirring continuously for 20-25 mins, or until you have a loose risotto with a little bite – you may not need all the stock.
- STEP 3
Stir the watercress and basil purée through the risotto with the parmesan and lemon zest. Loosen the risotto with a dash more stock or hot water and season to taste.
- STEP 4
Top with the crumbled goat’s cheese, toasted hazelnuts, reserved watercess and a drizzle of olive oil.