Inspiring vegetarian recipes
Try our vibrant veggie dishes, from meat-free lasagne to vegetable curry and vegetarian chilli
Put the ham hock into a pot full of clean, cold water with the carrot and halved onion.
Bring to a simmer and cook for 2½ hours, skimming the surface now and again. Top up the pan with water if needed.
Melt the butter in a heavy pan and add the onion, garlic and thyme. Cook until softened but not coloured.
Add the rice and the pearl barley and cook for a couple of minutes until coated in the butter. Gradually add the stock from the ham and vegetables, stirring throughout. After about 15-20 minutes of stirring and simmering you will have used nearly all of the stock. Taste your risotto and if you are happy with the texture, take the risotto off of the stove but keep it close.
Boil a pan of water and blanch all the green veg apart from the spring onions for 30 seconds. Drain and tip into the risotto.
Put the risotto back over a moderate heat and stir in the vegetables, spring onions and ham and let everything heat through and season. Stir in the mascarpone and the grated parmesan and serve.