Pea, Spinach and Basil Risotto
For the pea and spinach puree
250g frozen peas, defrosted
A handful of fresh or frozen spinach (defrosted)
A handful of fresh basil
A little vegetable stock
1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion diced
2 cloves garlic, sliced
350g risotto rice such as Arborio
1 small glass of dry white wine (optional)
2 litres hot vegetable stock (reduce to 1.8l if using wine)
1 - Make the puree by putting the peas, spinach, basil and a ladle of stock into a blender. Blitz to your desired consistency (I like mine a bit rustic). Put aside.
2 - Heat the butter and olive oil in a large pan. Add the onion and cook gently until softened but not coloured. Stir in the garlic and cook for a minute.
3 - Pour in the rice and stir thoroughly. Then add the wine (if using) and cook, gently stirring until absorbed and cooked out.
4 - Pour in a ladle of vegetable stock and stir whilst it cooks out. Keep repeating with this method, pouring in a ladle at a time and stirring until the stock cooks out. The process will take about 15-20 minutes but keep checking. The rice should have a slight bite to it.
5 - Once cooked, stir in the puree along with a good grating od Parmesan cheese. Taste for seasoning.
6 - Serve with fresh basil leaves and more grated Parmesan.