This vegetarian saffron risotto has everything you love about spring – fresh asparagus tips, fennel and zesty lemon. The cheese adds creaminess to this simple risotto recipe, while the boiled eggs add a boost of protein, and a handful of flat leaf parsley gives the dish a fresh lift.
- Heat the butter in a large frying pan on a medium heat until melted, add the onions and cook until soft. Meanwhile, mix the saffron with 2 tbsp hot water and allow to infuse. Pour the rice into the frying pan and stir, coating the rice well. Add the white wine and saffron water and cook for 2 mins.
- Pour in 200ml stock, stir and let the rice soak up the liquid. Repeat until you have used up all the stock, stirring continuously. Meanwhile, turn the grill to a medium-high setting. Place the fennel and asparagus on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil, add the lemon zest and season generously with sea salt and black pepper. Toss together and place under the grill for 8-10 mins or until crisp and golden.
- Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, add the eggs and cook for 4½ mins for soft boiled or 5½ mins for hard. Drain, peel and slice in half. Add the grated cheese to the risotto and season to taste. Serve the risotto in wide bowls, top with the fennel, asparagus and eggs. Sprinkle over the parsley and remaining cheese, and squeeze over some lemon juice to finish.
Tip: The risotto should be creamy and thick, but wet – if it becomes dry, add a splash of water.
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