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).
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Enjoy your Mushroom, Courgette & Feta Risotto!!
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