Apple & walnut risotto with gorgonzola

apple and walnut risotto

Serves 8

  • 1 basic risotto recipe

  • 700 ml organic vegetable or chicken stock, hot

  • 50 g butter

  • 1 small handful Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, plus a block for grating

  • 175 g gorgonzola cheese, diced

  • 75 g soft goat's cheese, crumbled

  • 2 crunchy eating apples, cored, halved, and finely chopped, tossed in lemon juice

  • 1 small bunch fresh marjoram, leaves picked and chopped

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 handful walnuts

  • extra virgin olive oil

First make your basic risotto recipe, then put a large saucepan on a medium to high heat and pour in half the stock, followed by all your risotto base. Stirring all the time, gently bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer until almost all the stock has been absorbed. Add the rest of the stock a ladleful at a time until the rice is cooked. You might not need all your stock. Be careful not to overcook the rice – check it throughout cooking to make sure it's a pleasure to eat. It should hold its shape but be soft, creamy and oozy. And the overall texture should be slightly looser than you think you want it.



Turn off the heat, beat in your butter, Parmesan, gorgonzola, goat's cheese, chopped apple and marjoram. Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed. Put a lid on the pan and leave the risotto to rest for a minute so the cheese can really ooze into it. While you're waiting, gently heat the walnuts in a pan. Then either take the risotto to the table and let everyone help themselves, or divide it between individual serving plates. Put a block of Parmesan on the table for grating over. Sprinkle with the walnuts and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil before tucking in.

Nutritional Information

Apple & walnut risotto with gorgonzola

Waldorf salad meets creamy risotto

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This beautiful risotto's combo of crunchy apples, strong creamy cheese and walnuts is a classic
Serves 8
1h (plus resting time)
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This is like a Waldorf salad! The combo of strong cheese with apples and walnuts just works. If you can get hold of quality gorgonzola, please do – the sweetness of the apples really offsets it. I've used marjoram here, but thyme works just as well.

First make your basic risotto recipe, then put a large saucepan on a medium to high heat and pour in half the stock, followed by all your risotto base. Stirring all the time, gently bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer until almost all the stock has been absorbed. Add the rest of the stock a ladleful at a time until the rice is cooked. You might not need all your stock. Be careful not to overcook the rice – check it throughout cooking to make sure it's a pleasure to eat. It should hold its shape but be soft, creamy and oozy. And the overall texture should be slightly looser than you think you want it.

Turn off the heat, beat in your butter, Parmesan, gorgonzola, goat's cheese, chopped apple and marjoram. Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed. Put a lid on the pan and leave the risotto to rest for a minute so the cheese can really ooze into it. While you're waiting, gently heat the walnuts in a pan. Then either take the risotto to the table and let everyone help themselves, or divide it between individual serving plates. Put a block of Parmesan on the table for grating over. Sprinkle with the walnuts and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil before tucking in.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 500
    25%
  • Carbs 43.7g
    17%
  • Sugar 3.7g 4%
  • Fat 24.1g 34%
  • Saturates 12.5g 63%
  • Protein 19.4g 43%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 1 basic risotto recipe

  • 700 ml organic vegetable or chicken stock, hot

  • 50 g butter

  • 1 small handful Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, plus a block for grating

  • 175 g gorgonzola cheese, diced

  • 75 g soft goat's cheese, crumbled

  • 2 crunchy eating apples, cored, halved, and finely chopped, tossed in lemon juice

  • 1 small bunch fresh marjoram, leaves picked and chopped

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 handful walnuts

  • extra virgin olive oil