About this recipe:I came up with this risotto recipe for two at university and it's been a favourite of mine since I first made it. It's also easy to adapt and you can add whatever vegetables you have to hand.
1/2 - 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or cooking spray
1 to 2 teaspoons butter
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 white onion, chopped
750ml vegetable stock, or more as needed, from vegetable stock cubes
150g arborio (risotto) rice
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon mixed herbs
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Method Prep:10min › Cook:25min › Ready in:35min
Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Place the courgette, aubergine, and red pepper on a baking tray and drizzle with the oil or spray with cooking spray.
Roast in the oven until tender, about 20 minutes.
Heat the butter in a deep frying pan or saucepan and add the garlic and onion. Sautee for 1 to 2 minutes. Meanwhile, make the stock.
Add the arborio rice to the pan and stir to coat with the butter. Add a small amount of the stock and stir continuously until most of the liquid has been absorbed, then add more stock and repeat the process until the stock has been used up and the rice has gained a creamy texture but still retains a little ‘bite’. This usually takes around 20 minutes. Use more water if necessary.
Remove the vegetables from the oven after around 20 minutes or when almost all the stock has been added to the arborio rice. Stir to combine and add the herbs.
Serve and enjoy!
You can replace some of the stock with white wine if you like. Add it at stage 4 before the stock.
I don't like adding cheese to my risottos, but feel free to serve with a grating of Parmesan or stir it in at stage 5.
Great risotto - was looking for a different way to use aubergines and tried this - will definately do it again - added a few mushrooms to it but reduced the qty of rice to 7oz rice and 1 pint liquid for the two of us - original is definately for starving student appetites! - 29 Aug 2011
This recipe was amazing! Made it with roasted sweet potatoes, boiled carrots and broccoli and fried courgette and mushrooms. I've never made risotto before but this was so easy!! Will certainly have again! thank you! - 14 May 2015