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Rainbow Chard, Fennel & Lemon Risotto with Chilli

SERVES
6
COOK TIME
45
PREP TIME
20
DIFFICULTY
Easy
Tags Risotto
Collections Winter

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 1 large leek, finely chopped (white part only)
  • 1 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 long red chilli, sliced thinly into rounds
  • 1 bulb fennel, finely chopped
  • 2 cups Arborio rice (400g)
  • 1/2 cup vermouth (125ml)
  • 1 1/2 litres hot vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp lemon thyme
  • 2 tsp finely chopped preserved lemon
  • 300 g rainbow chard, kale, silverbeet or spinach
  • 1/3 cup finely grated parmesan
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • To serve
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp crispy fried capers
  • 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan

METHOD

  1. Place olive oil in a large non-stick saucepan over a low heat.
  2. Add the leek, garlic, chilli and fennel, cover and cook for 10 minutes or until leek and fennel are soft but not coloured.
  3. Increase heat to medium-high, add rice, stirring until well-coated and beginning to crackle. Quickly add vermouth, stirring until absorbed.
  4. Add ladlefuls of hot stock, stirring continuously until absorbed, continuing until all the stock has been added and the risotto has become thick and creamy.
  5. Add the thyme, preserved lemon, rainbow chard for the final 5 minutes of cooking, followed by the final ladleful of stock. Once the stock has been absorbed, cover and allow the risotto to stand for 10 minutes.
  6. To finish risotto, add parmesan and seasoning, stirring until well combined.
To serve, scatter over toasted pine nuts, fried capers and extra parmesan.
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Rainbow Chard, Fennel & Lemon Risotto with Chilli
Recipe Notes
  1. Place olive oil in a large non-stick saucepan over a low heat.
  2. Add the leek, garlic, chilli and fennel, cover and cook for 10 minutes or until leek and fennel are soft but not coloured.
  3. Increase heat to medium-high, add rice, stirring until well-coated and beginning to crackle. Quickly add vermouth, stirring until absorbed.
  4. Add ladlefuls of hot stock, stirring continuously until absorbed, continuing until all the stock has been added and the risotto has become thick and creamy.
  5. Add the thyme, preserved lemon, rainbow chard for the final 5 minutes of cooking, followed by the final ladleful of stock. Once the stock has been absorbed, cover and allow the risotto to stand for 10 minutes.
  6. To finish risotto, add parmesan and seasoning, stirring until well combined.

To serve, scatter over toasted pine nuts, fried capers and extra parmesan.

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