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Mid Week Rocket, Lemon, Pea and Courgette Risotto.

Posted by Charlotte Nutland on
Mid Week Rocket, Lemon, Pea and Courgette Risotto.

What I love most about this Risotto is its abit of a show stopper and in small portions makes an amazing starter for a dinner party. I served this on Christmas Day and everybody loved it. However, usually its a go-to mid week warmer. 

I love to light The Quiet Candle for focus and stillness as I cook and listen to a funny podcast series such as My therapist Ghosted Me. 

  • Preparation time:15 minutes
  • Cooking time:40 minutes
  • Total time:55 minutes

Serves: 4 or 12 in small starter portions. 


1 tbsp olive oil
30g unsalted butter
3 courgettes (about 600g) cut into moons
3 leeks, trimmed, halved and finely sliced
1 celery stalk, finely diced
300g Risotto rice
175ml white wine
1¼ litres Vegetable Stock

2 cups of Garden Peas
2 lemons for zest and juice - add as much as you can 
15g parmigiano reggiano, finely grated, plus 5g to serve - if you want to make it vegetarian/vegan replace with vegan cheese 
4 handfuls wild rocket


1. Heat ½ tbsp oil and 15g butter in a large frying pan. Add the courgettes moons, season with black pepper and salt, and fry over a low heat for about 15 minutes, until just golden; set aside.

2. Heat the remaining oil and butter in a large pan. Sweat the leeks and celery with a pinch of salt over a medium heat for 10-15 minutes, until soft. Keep checking on them. Add the risotto rice, stir for 2 minutes; pour in the white wine gradually and stir until absorbed. 

3. Add 2 large spoons of stock to the rice and stir until absorbed. Keep adding the stock like this until the rice is al dente (16-18 minutes). Addo the courgette, peas,  lemon zest and juice, and cheese; remove from the heat and leave to stand, covered, for 2-3 minutes.

4. Divide between plates and top with the rocket and the 5g grated cheese. Enjoy. 


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