Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
2 tbsp olive oil
300g (10½oz) risotto rice
1 pack baby leeks, or 2 medium leeks, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, crushed
200g (7oz) chestnut or closed cup mushrooms, sliced
150ml (5floz) dry white wine
850ml (1½ pints) hot vegetable stock
100g (4oz) frozen peas, thawed
100g (4oz) mature Cheddar cheese, finely grated
Freshly ground black pepper
1 Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan or saucepan. Add the rice and cook gently over a low heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring all the time until it looks glossy but not browned.
2 Add the leeks, garlic and mushrooms and stir for another minute or two. Pour in the wine and allow it to bubble up, then pour in about half the hot stock. Stir well.
3 Cook over a medium-low heat for 20-25 minutes, stirring often and adding the remaining stock a little at a time, until the rice has absorbed all the liquid. Check that the rice is tender. It should have a nice creamy texture, though the rice should retain a little ‘bite’. If it needs cooking for longer, add some extra stock or hot water.
4 Add the peas and most of the cheese, stirring gently to mix them in. Check the seasoning, adding some pepper if needed. Serve, sprinkled with the remaining Cheddar.
Cook’s tips: Use Arborio or Carnaroli rice for a deliciously creamy risotto. And try using a mixture of mushrooms, such as sliced portobellos, chestnut mushrooms and button mushrooms.