Risotto Verde

Servings: Serves 2 as a main


For the risotto

For the garden greens pesto purée

To serve/garnish

Microgreens e.g. pea shoots and radish
fresh herbs
toasted seeds
lemon wedge



In a medium saucepan on a low heat, gently sweat the leek with the oil and a pinch of salt for 3-5 minutes until soft.


Add the garlic and cook for two minutes.


Rinse the soaked rice and add to the pan with the cooked leeks. Stir for 1-2 minutes until the grains appear shiny. This enhances flavour and helps the rice to cook into separate grains, preventing them from sticking.


Pour in 2 ladles of vegetable stock and gently simmer over a low-medium heat with the lid ajar. Continue to add more stock only when the rest has been absorbed. It should take approximately 35-45 minutes for the risotto rice to cook. You may not need to use all of the stock.


Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of water to boil.


Prepare a large mixing bowl and fill it with ice-cold water.


Once the water is boiling, add the broad beans and blanch for 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon remove the beans and shock them in the ice-cold water. Blanching and shocking help to loosen the skin and also retains the freshness, the vibrant colour and enhances the retention of vitamins and nutrients in vegetables.


Remove the tough outer skin by pinching or squeezing the bean to pop it out of the skin. Set the peeled beans to the side.


Once the pot of water is boiling again, blanch the asparagus for 1 minute and then shock in the ice-cold water. Set aside with the broad beans.


Once the water is boiling again, blanch the peas for 1 minute and shock in the ice cold water. Add to a blender and set aside.


Blanch the spinach, basil, parsley and mint for 10-15 seconds and again shock in the ice cold water. Remove using a slotted spoon and place in the blender with the peas. Add the toasted seeds, freshly grated lemon zest and squeezed juice (discard the pips), nutritional yeast, salt and pepper and blend until smooth and creamy. If the mixture is too thick, add a splash of the ‘blanch’ water to thin it out. You want the consistency and texture to be between a purée and a pesto.


Once the risotto rice is cooked but still retains a bite, stir through the pesto purée, broad beans, asparagus and miso paste and cook for 2 minutes until heated through.


Divide the risotto verde into two portions and top with microgreens, fresh herbs, toasted seeds and a wedge of lemon. Serve immediately.


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