We love a good Ratatouille Risotto, Rocket & Tomatoes and this deliciously simple, chef-curated recipe doesn't disappoint. Time to bust out the pots and pans!
Dried Italian Herbs
Vegetable Stock Powder(ContainsCelery)
Cherry Plum Tomatoes
Netherend Butter Unsalted(ContainsMilk)
Grated Italian Style Hard Cheese(ContainsMilk, Egg)
Preheat your oven to 200°C and boil your kettle. Trim the aubergine then halve lengthways. Chop each half into four long strips then chop widthways into roughly 2 cm pieces. Halve the red pepper and discard the core and seeds. Slice into thin strips. Halve, peel and chop the red onion into small pieces. Trim the courgette then slice into rounds about 1cm thick. Peel and grate the garlic (or use a garlic press).
Pop the aubergine and pepper onto a lined baking tray. Season with salt and black pepper and half the Italian herbs. Drizzle on some oil and use your hands to rub the flavours all over the veggies. Arrange in one even layer and roast on the top shelf of your oven until so and golden, 20-25 mins.
Heat a splash of oil in a large ovenproof saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion. Cook until softened, 3-4 mins. Add the tomato purée, garlic, remaining Italian herbs and then the arborio rice. Stir to coat the grains in the tomato mixture. Pour in the boiling water (see ingredients for amount) and stock powder. Stir to dissolve. Bring to the boil, cover with a tight fitting lid (or foil) and pop on the middle shelf of your oven. (transfer to an ovenproof dish if your saucepan is not suitable). Cook for 20 mins.
While everything cooks in the oven heat a large frying pan on high heat (no oil). When hot, add the courgette slices and cook until charred, 2-3 mins on each side. Season with salt and pepper as they cook. Remove from the heat and set aside. Meanwhile, halve the cherry plum tomatoes and pop into a large bowl with the rocket. We will dress it later.
Pick the basil leaves from their stalks and roughly tear (discard the stalks). When the risotto is cooked, remove it from the oven and mix in the butter and cheese. Stir through the roasted aubergine, pepper and torn basil. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.
Juice the lemon into a small bowl and stir in the olive oil (see ingredients for amount). This is your dressing. Pour the dressing onto the rocket and tomatoes. Toss to coat. Share the risotto between your bowls and top with the charred courgette. Serve the salad alongside. Enjoy!