Courgette risotto with mint, lemon and parmesan

Courgette risotto

  • serves 2-3
  • Easy

A fresh and creamy risotto that puts baby courgettes in the limelight. It's also flavoured with mint, lemon and plenty of salty parmesan

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Ingredients

  • vegetable or chicken stock 900ml
  • butter 30g
  • baby courgettes 200g (about 5-6), thickly sliced on the diagonal
  • olive oil 2 tbsp
  • shallots 1 long or 2 round, finely chopped
  • garlic 1 clove, crushed
  • risotto rice 150g
  • dry white wine a small glass
  • mint a handful of leaves, chopped
  • lemon ½, zested and juiced
  • parmesan (or vegetarian alternative) 30g, finely grated, plus extra to serve

Method

  • Step 1

    Keep the stock in a pan on a low simmer.

  • Step 2

    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.

  • Step 3

    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.

  • Step 4

    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.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 450
  • Fat 19.9g
  • Saturates 8.7g
  • Carbs 43.2g
  • Sugars 2.3g
  • Fibre 2.9g
  • Protein 15.5g
  • Salt 2.1g
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