Risotto Recipe With Freekeh and Spring Greens

Freekeh risotto with spring greens

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Freekeh is made from cracked, roasted green wheat. It works well for risotto as the grains keep their bite when cooked


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  • olive oil spray
  • onion 1, finely diced
  • garlic 1 clove, crushed
  • vegetable stock 600ml
  • asparagus a bunch, trimmed
  • cracked freekeh 200g
  • baby spinach 100g
  • frozen peas 100g, defrosted
  • fat-free quark 4 tbsp


  • Step 1

    Heat a spray of olive oil in a large pan, fry the onion with a pinch of salt until soft, but not golden, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and fry for another 2 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Bring the stock to a simmer. Blanch the asparagus spears in the stock for 3-5 mins until just tender. Remove from the pan and slice into 5cm pieces, keeping the stock.

  • Step 3

    Stir the freekeh into the onions, then add the stock, a ladleful at a time, stirring often, until all the stock has been absorbed and the grains are tender, about 20-25 minutes. Add a splash of water and cover with a lid if the grains aren’t tender but the stock has been absorbed, and simmer for another 5 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Season, and stir in the asparagus, spinach, peas and quark, until the greens are tender and heated through.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 267
  • Fat 2.8g
  • Saturates 0.2g
  • Carbs 42.9g
  • Sugars 6.3g
  • Protein 14.2g