Thursday, 26 November 2009

Green Vegetable Risotto

I was expecting friends for dinner on the night I made this risotto. They sadly weren't able to come, but although we missed them, we enjoyed our dinner so much that we were happy to have leftovers for the next day.

You probably don't want to follow this recipe if you're on a diet - although I'm sure that an almost-as-nice version can be made with less cheese & cream!

Green Vegetable Risotto
Serves 4

1 medium white onion
½ green pepper
1tbsp olive oil
250g arborio risotto rice
1 vegetable stock cube
½ pint boiling water (some readers have reported needing extra water)
4tbsp white wine
100g green beans
100g asparagus
100g broccoli florets
100g frozen peas
4tbsp double cream
50g cheddar cheese
25g parmesan cheese
black pepper (to taste)

  1. Prepare the ingredients before you start:
    • Finely dice the onion and green pepper.
    • Chop the asparagus & green beans into 1 inch lengths.
    • Divide the broccoli into small florets.
    • Grate the cheeses.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep pan and fry the onion and green pepper until they begin to soften. Add the rice, and fry for a further two minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Add the boiling water, white wine, and stock cube, and bring back to the boil.
  4. Simmer for five minutes, then add the asparagus, beans, and broccoli, and simmer for a further ten minutes. Add the frozen peas and simmer for a further five minutes until the rice is cooked and all vegetables are tender.
  5. Once the rice is cooked, stir through the cream and grated cheeses, and season with fresh black pepper to taste.
  6. Heat gently until the cheese has melted through, and serve with extra parmesan (and garlic bread, and maybe a baby-leaf salad, and a glass of dry white wine...).


Dave King said...

How do I apply to be one of your friends?

Sarah Brown said...

Sounds oh so yummy!
Thanks for sharing.
Stopping by from SITS=)

Anonymous said...

Your risotto looks great, good enough to be Thanksgiving fare.
You have to tell your friends what they missed.

Louiz said...

Sounds really tasty - I've found a good alternative for cheese (which I can't eat) which is fairly low fat is yoghurt. How well it works as a substitution depends on the consistency of the original cheese, but it's a surprisingly good alternative.

Louiz said...

Thanks for your comment, I've tried vegan cheeses and I found they vary in quality, but it's probably time I searched some out again!

jenny2write said...

Sounds yummy I will give it a try - risotto is one of the things I've never managed to get the hang of but perhaps this recipe will be the breakthrough!

A Cuban In London said...

Now you got my attention. Risotto is one of the few dishes I have yet to make because I don't feel comfortable still. You should see what I do to couscous. I usually burn it. But as a rice person I ought to make an effort, so I am taking this recipe with me to my blog and giving it a try. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Sarah Lulu said...

G'day .... sounds like a lovely recipe.

Chow and Chatter said...

oh I bet the color was great nice to meet your Rachel will follow along, always nice to follow folks from my homeland, love your homepage, I hope to cover that world map as well


Carl said...

Sounds great... I'll be trying that recipe.

Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day!


Brandi said...

When I make risotto, I do a very simple thing with just onions, chicken broth and rice. It's dull but delicious. I'm definitely going to try your recipe.

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

Samantha Gianulis said...

Okay, Now i have to convert this recipe into our metric system. You have a beautiful blog!

Velva said...

Your risotto sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Fly Girl said...

Woah! That sounds really rich. I love risotto and this looks like a good dish to slip my husband green beans without him noticing!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

God - that sounds good!

Simply Life said...

Oh risotto is one of my favorite things to eat - this sounds great!

Jeanne said...

I'm sitting here, swallowing frequently because this is making me drool.

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