This vegetarian risotto is so full of flavour that you’ll forget that it doesn’t contain meat (maybe a little in the stock, but other than that!)! It’s a really simple recipe that’s easy to prepare and great value, as well as being nutritionally balanced and filling. In our house we have various intolerances including gluten and dairy, so I have included alternatives in the recipe to accommodate these allergies. This risotto recipe serves a family of five (2 adults, 3 children).

Buzymum - Mushroom, Courgette & Feta Risotto

  • Large glug of olive oil (approx 4 tbsp)
  • 1 leek, chopped into thin rounds
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 medium courgette, sliced into 5mm rounds and then quartered
  • Approx 100g mushrooms (large flat mushrooms are more flavourful than button), chopped
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 mug risotto rice (I use arborio)
  • Good glug of white wine (optional)
  • 1 1/2 pints of stock – make your own vegetable/ chicken stock or use the cooking liquor from boiling a gammon, however, stock cubes will also work well (Knorr stock cubes are gluten free)
  • Large knob of butter/ butter alternative if you are dairy free (we like the Pure range)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Feta cheese to crumble on top (approx 75g) -if you are dairy free, make sure the feta does not contain cows milk- it should be a mix of goat and sheep milk (some people with dairy intolerance can tolerate this as it contains far less lactose than cows milk)
  • Have your stock ready and keeping warm
  • In large saucepan warm the olive oil and fry the leek gently for around 5 minutes until soft
  • Add the garlic and keep stirring so it doesn’t burn
  • Add the courgette and mushrooms and cook for a few minutes

Buzymum - All the veg in the pan ready for the risotto rice

  • Add the mixed herbs and the risotto rice and stir continually for 2 minutes to avoid the rice clumping together
  • Add the wine (if using) or a ladle of stock and stir

Buzymum - Risotto rice stirred into the mushroom and courgette ⇒ Buzymum - Stock is added to the risotto ladle by ladle

  • Continue to add the stock ladle by ladle waiting for it to be absorbed each time (keep the stock in a small sauce pan on a low heat, throughout)
  • You do not need to stir continuously, but you do need to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan
  • After 25 minutes the stock should have all been absorbed and the rice cooked through
  • Have a kettle boiled just in case you need more liquid, it doesn’t need to be stock, just hot!
  • Add the butter and stir through until melted.
  • Season with salt and pepper, remember that the feta is salty
  • Serve with the feta cheese crumbled over the top.

Buzymum - Mushroom and courgette risotto topped with feta

Enjoy your Mushroom, Courgette & Feta Risotto!!

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Mushroom, Courgette & Feta Risotto
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