Pea & goat’s cheese risotto

Pea and Goats Cheese Risotto

Serves 4

  • 1 litre organic chicken or vegetable stock

  • 25 g butter

  • ½ onion, finely chopped

  • 100 g higher-welfare streaky bacon, cut into matchsticks

  • 1 bunch fresh thyme

  • 400 g risotto rice

  • 150 ml white wine

  • 200 g frozen peas

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 100 g crumbly goat's cheese

  • 75 g Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Heat the stock in a saucepan. In a separate pan, heat the butter, then add the onion, bacon and thyme and fry for about 8 minutes until the onion is soft but not coloured. Add the rice and turn up the heat so it almost fries.



After a minute the rice will look slightly translucent. Add the wine and keep stirring.



Now add a ladle of hot stock and a pinch of salt. Turn down the heat to a fairly high simmer. Keep adding ladlefuls of stock, stirring constantly and allowing each ladleful to be absorbed completely before adding the next.



Chuck the peas into the stock when there are a couple of ladlefuls left, and add them with the stock. Stir until the rice is soft but still has a slight bite, then season with salt and pepper.



Remove from the heat and stir in half the goat's cheese and the Parmesan. Sprinkle the remaining goat's cheese over the top and eat as soon as possible while it retains its lovely moist texture.



Tip: Leave out the bacon and use vegetable stock if you want to make a vegetarian risotto.

Nutritional Information

Pea & goat’s cheese risotto

With crispy streaky bacon

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The risotto combo of pea, ham and cheese is an Italian classic – and super easy to whip up
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Method

A classic Italian dish that's hard to beat.

Heat the stock in a saucepan. In a separate pan, heat the butter, then add the onion, bacon and thyme and fry for about 8 minutes until the onion is soft but not coloured. Add the rice and turn up the heat so it almost fries.

After a minute the rice will look slightly translucent. Add the wine and keep stirring.

Now add a ladle of hot stock and a pinch of salt. Turn down the heat to a fairly high simmer. Keep adding ladlefuls of stock, stirring constantly and allowing each ladleful to be absorbed completely before adding the next.

Chuck the peas into the stock when there are a couple of ladlefuls left, and add them with the stock. Stir until the rice is soft but still has a slight bite, then season with salt and pepper.

Remove from the heat and stir in half the goat's cheese and the Parmesan. Sprinkle the remaining goat's cheese over the top and eat as soon as possible while it retains its lovely moist texture.

Tip: Leave out the bacon and use vegetable stock if you want to make a vegetarian risotto.

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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 804
    40%
  • Carbs 93.4g
    36%
  • Sugar 6.7g 7%
  • Fat 30.3g 43%
  • Saturates 15.1g 76%
  • Protein 32.4g 72%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 1 litre organic chicken or vegetable stock

  • 25 g butter

  • ½ onion, finely chopped

  • 100 g higher-welfare streaky bacon, cut into matchsticks

  • 1 bunch fresh thyme

  • 400 g risotto rice

  • 150 ml white wine

  • 200 g frozen peas

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 100 g crumbly goat's cheese

  • 75 g Parmesan cheese, freshly grated