Toast the festive season with our Christmas cocktail ideas, including sloe gin fizz and spiced negronis
Keep the stock in a pan on a low simmer.
Melt half the butter in a deep, wide frying pan. Fry the courgettes with some seasoning on both sides until lightly golden. Scoop out and drain on kitchen paper. Wipe out the pan.
Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in the same pan, then gently cook the shallots and garlic for 6-8 minutes or until beginning to soften. Stir in the rice and heat through for a minute. Pour in the wine and bubble, stirring until it evaporates. Add the stock a ladleful at a time, allowing the liquid to be absorbed before adding more. Keep adding stock until the rice is tender with a tiny bit of bite left.
Stir in the courgettes and let them heat through for a minute. Add the mint and stir into the rice with the lemon juice and zest, parmesan, remaining butter and a final ladleful of stock. The risotto should be creamy and oozy rather that stiff, so add extra stock accordingly. Put on a lid and leave to sit for a few minutes, then serve in warm bowls with extra cheese, if you like.