A Spring Risotto Recipe and GIVEAWAY
At long last it seems winter is loosening its grip and letting spring move in with a rejuvenation and promise of summer. Longer evenings and warm sunshine beckons so its time to ditch the soups, hot pots and casseroles and make way for fresh, lighter meals.
This month's recipe is a light, classic Italian dish that's hard to beat.
1 litre organic chicken or vegetable stock
25 g butter
½ onion, finely chopped
100 g higher-welfare streaky bacon, cut into matchsticks
1 bunch fresh thyme
400 g risotto rice
150 ml white wine
200 g frozen peas
freshly ground black pepper
100 g crumbly goat's cheese
75 g Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Heat the stock in a saucepan. In a separate pan, heat the butter, then add the onion, bacon and thyme and fry for about 8 minutes until the onion is soft but not coloured. Add the rice and turn up the heat so it almost fries.
After a minute the rice will look slightly translucent. Add the wine and keep stirring.
Now add a ladle of hot stock and a pinch of salt. Turn down the heat to a fairly high simmer. Keep adding ladlefuls of stock, stirring constantly and allowing each ladleful to be absorbed completely before adding the next.
Chuck the peas into the stock when there are a couple of ladlefuls left, and add them with the stock. Stir until the rice is soft but still has a slight bite, then season with salt and pepper.
Remove from the heat and stir in half the goat's cheese and the Parmesan. Sprinkle the remaining goat's cheese over the top and eat as soon as possible while it retains its lovely moist texture.
Tip: Leave out the bacon and use vegetable stock if you want to make a vegetarian risotto.
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