James Tanner pea and goat's cheese risotto
Costs: Cheap as chips
Skill level: Easy peasy
Celebrity chef James Tanner has produced an easy risotto dish with garden peas, mushrooms and goat's cheese that takes just 15 minutes to make and costs just £2.35 a person. So it's cheap and quick meal to enjoy in the mid-week madness of running a family. Risotto recipes are a great way to enjoy carbohydrates but not as stodgy as a traditional pasta bake, so you can please the kids and husband and yourself. Also because the ingredients are all melted down into a creamy sauce, you can use cheese that is slightly dried out - for example, the rind of a Parmesan block- for flavour without compromising the dish.
Don't wash mushrooms, but wipe them with a damp cloth. This stops them from acting like a sponge and becoming tough.June Russell, 49, Ealing, London
Ingredients2 x long-grain express microwave rice
300g frozen garden peas
2 cloves of garlic
200g chestnut mushrooms sliced
100g goat's cheese log
¾ pint of vegetable stock
1tbsp of vegetable oil
1tbsp of extra virgin
Olive oil (optional)
- Heat ½ pint of the vegetable stock and bring to a simmer. Next add 200g of the frozen peas; cook for 1 min then blend and pass mixture through a fine sieve.
- Heat a non-stick pan and add a splash of vegetable oil. Finely chop the garlic and onion, and sauté together for 1 min. Add sliced mushrooms and cook for a further minute.
- Add the long-grain rice rice to the frying pan and stir through the vegetables. Add pea puree mixture and cook for 2 mins then crumble in ¾ of the goat's cheese and the remaining whole peas and cook for a further minute.
- Loosen the mixture with the remaining hot stock and season to taste. Spoon the mixture into bowls and crumble the remaining goats cheese over the top before drizzling with extra virgin olive oil and serving.
Nutritional information per portion
- Calories 397(kcal)
- Fat 15.1g
- Saturates 5.9g
- Sugars 4.3g
- Salt 0.8g
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.