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Quick herby green risotto recipe

Quick herby green risotto recipe

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This quick herby risotto is full of greens! Ready in just 30 minutes, enjoy the fresh flavours of zested lemon and basil. This is the perfect spring bowlful. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook
  • 502 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 leek, trimmed and finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 300g arborio risotto rice
  • 1 vegetable stock pot, made up to 1ltr
  • 320g frozen broccoli
  • 320g frozen peas
  • 50g grated pecorino
  • 10g fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 15g fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, zested 
If you don't have any leeks, try using spring or white onions instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    14g 12%
  • Saturates

    4g 22%
  • Sugars

    6g 7%
  • Salt

    1.8g 29%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 79.9g Protein 18.6g Fibre 8.7g


1. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan or shallow flameproof casserole dish over a medium heat and fry the leek for 5 mins until tender. Stir in the garlic and fry for 1 min. Add the rice and stir continuously, coating the rice in the oil and leek, for 3-4 mins until the grains start to look transparent.

2. Add the stock, a ladleful at a time, stirring constantly and waiting until it’s absorbed before adding more. Keep adding stock until the grains are just tender with a little bite in the middle: this will take 10-12 mins. You may not need all the stock.

3. Stir in the broccoli, peas and pecorino, then stir for another 4-5 mins until the greens have defrosted and are piping hot. Add a ladleful more stock as needed. Season well and stir in the parsley, basil, and lemon zest to serve.

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