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Leek and Courgette Risotto with Toasted Pine Nuts

Leek and Courgette Risotto with Toasted Pine Nuts

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We’ve been told that the best and sweetest peas come from Kenya. However, Monsoon season has hit and has left our peas in a sorry state. Patrick didn’t want this to impact the fresh and summery flavours of his favourite risotto, so he’s reinvented it to pair leeks with courgettes. The result might even be his new favourite. He gobbled the lot before we could take a new photo with the courgettes instead of the peas (naughty chef), but you're gonna' love it!

Tags:Not Suitable for CoeliacsVeggie
Allergens:CelerySulphitesMilk
Preparation Time30 minutes
Difficulty levelLevel 2
Ingredients
serving amount
Ingredients
serving amount

2 unit(s)

Vegetable Stock Pot

(ContainsCelery, Sulphites)

1 unit(s)

Leek

1 unit(s)

Garlic Clove

1 unit(s)

Echalion Shallot

1 unit(s)

Pine Nuts

1.5 unit(s)

Netherend Butter Salted

(ContainsMilk)

1 cup(s)

Arborio Rice

4 unit(s)

Hard Cheese (Italian Style)

(ContainsMilk)

1 unit(s)

Courgette

Nutritional information/ per serving
Nutritional information
/ per serving
Energy (kJ)2326.304 kJ
Energy (kcal)556 kcal
Fat18.0 g
of which saturates8.0 g
Carbohydrate81 g
Protein18 g
Boxes and ingredients are packed in facilities that handles Peanut, Nuts, Sesame, Fish, Crustaceans, Milk, Egg, Mustard, Celery, Soya, Gluten and Sulphites.
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Utensils
Pot
Knife
Frying Pan
Bowl
InstructionsPDF
Instructions
1

Bring 800ml of water to a gentle simmer in a pot. Once simmering, add the stock pots and stir until dissolved. Tip: Leave the stock on the lowest heat to keep it hot during the whole cooking process.

Chop the garlic
Chop the garlic
2

Chop the tough green top and the very bottom from the leek. Chop the leek in half lengthways. Very finely shred the leek widthways. Peel and chop the garlic clove(use a garlic press if you have one!). Remove the skin from the shallot, cut in half lengthways and slice into very thin half moons. Chop the courgette in quarters lengthways. Then chop in 1cm cubes.

Soften the leek
Soften the leek
3

Brown off the pine nuts in a dry frying pan on medium heat but watch them like a hawk. Remove the nuts from the pan and then add 1 tbsp of butter and 1 tbsp of olive oil to the same pan on medium-low heat. Add the leek, courgette, garlic and shallot to the pan. Slowly stew for 5 mins until soft. Tip: Do not let these ingredients burn - if it is cooking too fast, add 1 tbsp of water and turn the heat to low.

4

Add the rice and mix well to coat it in the butter and olive oil. Turn the heat to medium, add ¼ tsp of salt and stir. Tip: After about 3 mins there should be a slight translucency around the edges of the rice. Tip:If you have some leftover white wine, add 4 tbsp now and let the alcohol bubble off for a minute to mellow the flavour!

Add the stock
Add the stock
5

Add a ladle of stock to your rice and stir it with long, massaging motions. Once the stock is almost soaked in, add another ⅔ cup and continue stirring. Tip: Risotto does need a bit of attention but the resulting flavour is worth it!

Add the cheese
Add the cheese
6

Continue adding the stock and stirring as above for around 15-20 mins. When the risotto is almost ready, add two thirds of the grated Italian cheese. Tip: The risotto is ready when the rice is cooked through but has the slightest hint of firmness left in the middle.

7

Once your risotto is ready, add enough stock to make it slightly runny (risotto should not have the consistency of concrete!). Stir in the remaining butter and cheese, test for seasoning and add salt and pepperto taste. Sprinkle the pine nuts on top and gobble!