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1 classic recipe 9 ways: Risotto
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1 classic recipe 9 ways: Risotto

Serves: 4
Time to make: 55 mins
Hands-on time: 15 mins
Total cost: $5.44 / $1.36 per serve

(at time of publication)

Serving suggestion

Serve with a large (at least 1 cup serve) salad.

Variations

Roasted pumpkin and asparagus: (Pictured) Preheat oven to 180°C. Place 500g peeled and diced pumpkin on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 20 minutes until tender. Make basic risotto and add 1 bunch trimmed, chopped asparagus with the last 1/3 cup stock. Fold pumpkin into risotto before serving. Garnish with 1/4 cup fresh mint.

Mixed mushroom and sage: Make basic risotto. Dry-fry 12 large, chopped fresh sage leaves in the saucepan at the beginning of step 2. Remove from pan. Continue step 2. Add 200g sliced Swiss brown mushrooms and 200g sliced button mushrooms before rice. Serve topped with prepared sage.

Sun-dried tomato, spinach and feta: Make basic risotto. At the end of step 3, stir in 1/2 cup drained sun-dried tomato strips and 80g baby spinach. Top risotto with 1/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese.

Roasted tomato, basil and pine nut: Preheat oven to 180°C. Place 250g cherry tomatoes on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Top basic risotto with tomatoes, 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts and 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil.Seafood marinara: Add 500g fresh or defrosted marinara mix to basic risotto in the last 5-7 minutes of cooking in step 3. Garnish with 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill. Serve with lemon wedges.

Smoked chicken, rocket and leek: Make basic risotto replacing onion with 1 thinly sliced leek (white part only). At the end of step 3, stir in 200g thinly sliced smoked chicken and 1 bunch shredded rocket.

Grilled eggplant, courgette and chilli: Add 1/4 teaspoon dried red chilli flakes to onion in step 2. Make basic risotto. Meanwhile, thinly slice 3 baby eggplants and 2 small courgettes. Cook on an oiled chargrill pan over a medium-high heat until charred and tender. Coarsely chop then stir though risotto before serving.

Prawn, lemon and herb: Make basic risotto and add 500g peeled prawns, 2 teaspoons lemon zest, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 2 tablespoons each finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley and fresh chives in the last 5-7 minutes of cooking in step 3.

Milanese: Add 1 large pinch saffron to stock in step 1. Make basic risotto. Add 1 cup frozen peas with the last 1/3 cup of stock.

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Photographer: Ian Wallace

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