Recently Andy’s mum gave us a vegetarian cookery book. We have tried a few recipes from it, and our most recent success is a vegetarian risotto. I am not a huge fan of rice usually, but I do like a nice flavourful risotto, although if I was out I would not often choose one as I worry about what sort of stock has been used.
The book is a Good Food book (101 Veggie Dishes) but the recipe is here too.
It is pretty simple to make- chop the onion and cook it in the oven a bit, add the rice, vegetable stock (we don’t use wine, we use a small carton of passata instead) and rosemary, and leave in the oven for more, then drain a jar of antipasto peppers (Aldi do a jar for 99p), add that and some spinach, and bake again.
Last week we bought a huge bag of spinach, so it would not all fit in the risotto- I added some to my plate so the warm rice wilted it a bit too. The recipe says to use vegetarian parmesan- style cheese, but we have just grated a little cheddar to melt on top.
Much easier than one that cooks on the hob and needs constant stirring.
We are ones to get stuck in a bit of a meal routine, so it was great to try something new and we have had this for a few weeks now, as it is lovely and warming on a chilly evening.
Have you tried baking a risotto before? Are you good at trying new meals or do you tend to stick to the same ones?
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When you think risotto you instantly think “hard work and constant monitoring”. However this sound surprisingly simple and easy! I’d probably add some chicken or something but that’s because I’m a meat eater and do love my protein – but actually chickpeas might work nicely too? Sounds delicious without anyway!
Chickpeas are a great idea 🙂
I would never think to bake a risotto and I’ve never seen it cooked this way before. It sounds a lot simpler than the traditional cooking method.
I have never tried the normal way, but this one is really good 🙂
Love that you BAKED risotto!
It was what the recipe said 🙂
That sounds like a great way to make one. I’d never actually made a risotto before until I had to recipe test for the cookbook. I do like them but too much of a faff to make on the stove top that often!
Yes they seem such a faff! Looking forward to seeing your recipes 🙂
This looks really delicious and I love that you don’t have to spend every second watching it as you do normal risotto.
Yes, so much easier!
I always do my risotto on the oven! It’s SO much easier! And you can just chuck in whatever veg you have. I usually go for squash, peas, spinach, onions and garlic (which I fry up separately). It’s so easy for a weeknight dinner, half an hour and it’s done. Plus you can come in post-run, shove it in the oven and shower while it cooks. Hurrah!
Those cook-while-you-shower meals are fab!