British asparagus and pea risotto
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips
Risottos are quick and easy to make and you more than likely have all the ingredients in your kitchen already - this creamy recipe is a great spring/summer dish and perfect for vegetarians
- 600ml chicken or vegetable stock
- 25g butter
- 4 spring onions, chopped finely
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
- ½ green chilli, de-seeded and chopped finely
- 150g arborio risotto rice
- ½ glass of white wine
- Half a bundle (approx.125g) asparagus
- 100g peas
- 2 tbsp (10g) grated parmesan
- 3 tbsp (85g) crème fraiche
- Juice and zest of 1 small lemon
- Handful of chives, chopped finely
Stirring the risotto is important as this encourages the starch to come out which is what gives it that creamy texture
- Place the stock on a slow heat and keep it there whilst you are making your risotto.
- In a separate large pan melt your butter and then add the spring onions, garlic and chilli and sweat until soft for 5 minutes.
- Then add the arborio risotto rice and mix round well so it absorbs all the flavours, before adding the white wine.
- When the white wine has been absorbed, add the asparagus spears and start adding ladleful by ladleful of stock, adding the next one when one has been absorbed.
- After 15 minutes of continual stirring and adding the stock, taste and adjust the seasoning and then add the peas.
- After a further 5 minutes turn the heat off, add the parmesan and crème fraiche, lemon zest and juice and let them melt in before dishing up, serving and finishing off with some chopped chives.