Basil Pesto & Mushroom Risotto

 

Risotto is one of the easiest meals to make and it is one of those dishes that you can make a huge pot of and be eating for days. A few weeks ago I was stuck for dinner ideas, so I turned to Pinterest for inspiration. I found a recipe for basil pesto, roasted tomato and spinach risotto which didn’t sound like my kinda thing however I loved the idea of a basil pesto risotto.

 

I used to make mushroom risotto all the time however now that I try not to have dairy in my diet, it does not taste the same without being doused in parmesan and stuffed into a fresh bread roll. Thankfully, basil pesto has come to the rescue!

This risotto is super tasty and great for those nights when you have no time to make dinner plus is doesn’t need too much attention when cooking. I prefer to eat this risotto cold. I’ll make a big batch and store it in individual containers in the fridge for lunches so I can just grab one when I am hungry.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

You will need:

Pesto

60g fresh basil leaves

1/4 – 1/3 C pine nuts (you can decide how much you want. I prefer to use the larger amount

2tsp fresh lemon juice

2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)

Risotto

2C Arborio rice

1.5L vegetable stock

2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)

1 white onion (diced)

1/2 leek sliced

1TSP EVOO

8 small cup mushrooms (finely diced)

Method

Risotto: Sauté the onion, leek and garlic in a large saucepan. Once nearly sautéed, add in mushrooms to brown. Once mushrooms are brown, add in the rice and some of the vegetable stock. You want to add the vegetable stock gradually so add a little, once that has been absorbed, add a little more. Continue to do this until the rice is cooked through. When the risotto is cooked, stir through the pesto and serve garnished with chives and pine nuts.

Pesto: place all ingredients into a food processor and whizz until all the ingredients are mixed together. You will notice that the pesto may be a little dry however this is fine because it is going into the risotto.

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s