Spicy pangrattato risotto

pangrattato risotto

Serves 8

  • zest of 1 lemon

  • 3 dried bird's-eye chillies

  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 6 good-quality salted anchovy fillets in oil

  • ½ large loaf ciabatta, stale if possible, cut into chunks

  • olive oil

  • 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

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

Whiz the lemon zest, dried chillies, garlic, anchovies and bread chunks in a food processor with a bit of oil from the anchovy tin until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Heat a large frying pan and add a splash of olive oil. Fry the breadcrumbs in the oil until darkened and crisp, then drain them on a piece of kitchen paper and allow to cool.



Make your basic risotto recipe. Place 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, 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 and Parmesan, check the seasoning and add a little salt and pepper if needed. Don't be too generous with the salt because the pangrattato has salt in it too and you don't want to overdo it!



Place a lid on the pan and leave the risotto to rest for a minute. You can now take the pan to the table so that everyone can help themselves, or divide the risotto between individual serving plates and sprinkle the pangrattato over the top. Place a block of Parmesan on the table with a grater and tuck in.

Nutritional Information

Spicy pangrattato risotto

Really simple, bold flavours

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A pangrattato is basically a crunchy breadcrumb topping – it's simple yet tastes incredible
Serves 8
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I love this dish – the rice is cooked so simply that the flavours come out beautifully, and then you get these amazing crispy breadcrumbs on top which are a real shake-up of the senses with their crunch against the incredibly soft rice. It's a recipe that can be made really cheaply, but when you're eating it you'd never believe that was the case. It just works.

Whiz the lemon zest, dried chillies, garlic, anchovies and bread chunks in a food processor with a bit of oil from the anchovy tin until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Heat a large frying pan and add a splash of olive oil. Fry the breadcrumbs in the oil until darkened and crisp, then drain them on a piece of kitchen paper and allow to cool.

Make your basic risotto recipe. Place 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, 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 and Parmesan, check the seasoning and add a little salt and pepper if needed. Don't be too generous with the salt because the pangrattato has salt in it too and you don't want to overdo it!

Place a lid on the pan and leave the risotto to rest for a minute. You can now take the pan to the table so that everyone can help themselves, or divide the risotto between individual serving plates and sprinkle the pangrattato over the top. Place a block of Parmesan on the table with a grater and tuck in.

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 438
    22%
  • Carbs 49.8g
    19%
  • Sugar 2.2g 2%
  • Fat 17.1g 24%
  • Saturates 8.6g 43%
  • Protein 13.6g 30%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • zest of 1 lemon

  • 3 dried bird's-eye chillies

  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 6 good-quality salted anchovy fillets in oil

  • ½ large loaf ciabatta, stale if possible, cut into chunks

  • olive oil

  • 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

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper