I love this risotto. It’s full of fresh green vegetables and finished with lemon zest to really enhance that freshness. Lemon zest and juice basically my favourite seasoning, up there with salt and pepper. Once you’ve tried it on this risotto you’ll see why.
Pearl barley makes a great change from using rice, it isn’t gluten free or anything it just gives a different flavour and a great texture. Plus it’s a great source of dietary fibre and a range of vitamins and minerals. It’s nutty flavour works so well with the sweet pumpkin and salty feta.
I love my greens and this risotto is definitely full of the green stuff. Lemon, parsley and broccoli is a match made in heaven and sneaking those ingredients into a comforting risotto makes for the perfect warming winter meal.
If you put risotto in the too hard basket then this one will show you that risotto isn’t as difficult as you think it is. This risotto is amazing, it’s velvety and creamy, without the cream and full of crispy crunchy texture to boot. This recipe makes for a simple and impressive dinner, I promise it’s not just ‘wet rice’.
Mushrooms add such amazing flavour to a dish. this recipe uses a mixture of fresh and dried mushrooms as the intensity of the dried mushrooms adds a real umami flavour. The buckwheat ‘risotto’ has been in the works for sometime now but it took a while to get the texture and flavour just right. Hitting the stock with pureed spinach adds extra flavour and intense green to this dish. It’s a lighter version of risotto, and full of vegetables, and a magnesium boost from the buckwheat.
Risotto is severely under rated, I promise it is more than ‘wet rice’ or ‘savoury porridge’ (although The Katering Show‘s episode about this is a hilarious must watch for any foodie, as are all their episodes ). Once you’ve made it a few times it also becomes pretty easy and you can totally multitask and don’t need to spend the whole time laboriously stirring the pot! The other thing they have going for them is that you can make an impressive meal for very little money. And I’m a teacher so being frugal is kind of important haha. The below recipe is for a basic mushroom risotto with spinach and peas. I’ve added thyme and sage as these are lovely with mushrooms, and lemon as this is so good with the peas. You could add chicken as well! Get stirring…