Spring Vegetable Risotto

45 - 60 mins

Why not take it easy this weekend with a leisurely risotto, packed with sensational seasonal veg.

1 courgette, chopped into small pieces
I cup of frozen peas
Pack of asparagus spears (about 10)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
300g arborio rice
1 litre of stock
Pinch of dried mint
50g grated parmesan
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
Small glass dry white wine
Make the stock according to the instructions on the pack. Leave to simmer in a pan while you start the risotto.
Heat the butter and oil in a heavy based pan over a medium heat, then add the onion and garlic and sauté until translucent.
Add the rice and cook for a couple of minutes until all the grains are coated with oil and starting to turn golden. Pour in the wine and cook down until it becomes fragrant.
Continue to add the stock to the rice until the mixture becomes thick and viscous. When all the stock is added, check the texture of the rice - you may need to add a little more boiling water to get the risotto to the right consistency. But remember, it should be ‘al-dente’, not soft and mushy!
When the risotto is cooked, add a generous pinch of dried mint, some salt and pepper, and the grated parmesan and stir well.
Griddle the reserved asparagus spears to serve on top of the risotto, along with an extra sprinkling of parmesan cheese.