Baked Risotto with Pancetta & Sugar Snaps : Dinner Express – George Georgievski

Dinner Express

George Georgievski

Plum

Pan Macmillan Aust

ISBN: 9781760988463

Chuck it in, it’ll be right! This is the attitude I take whenever I make this risotto. I’ve tweaked
the recipe a few times since first eating it at my sister Suzy’s place many, many years ago. The
pancetta is the secret: the smell and crispness is next level and I highly recommend you add
a few extra slices for yourself while no one else is looking. Let’s get crackling, I mean cracking
.”p88

Grab all of this
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely sliced
440 g (2 cups) arborio rice
1 litre (4 cups) vegetable stock
1 tablespoon Vegeta stock powder
300 g sliced pancetta
100 g (1 cup) sugar snap peas, trimmed
50 g salted butter
75 g (¾ cup) grated parmesan
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
60 g baby rocket



Dinner Express by George Georgievski, Published by Plum, RRP $26.99, Photography by Nikole Ramsay

SERVES 4
It’s time to do this
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Heat the vegetable oil in a flameproof casserole dish over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 2–3 minutes, until soft and translucent. Add the rice and give it a good stir for about 1 minute, then add 250 ml (1 cup) of the vegetable stock and let it simmer until the stock has almost disappeared. Pour in the remaining vegetable stock and the Vegeta, then cover with the lid or foil and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes.


Meanwhile, place the pancetta on the prepared tray and bake in the oven for the last 15 minutes of the risotto cooking time, until crisp. Keep an eye on it as the thickness of the slices will determine just how quickly they cook.


Now blanch the sugar snap peas in boiling water for 1–2 minutes, then drain and set aside.
Remove the risotto from the oven and stir through the butter, parmesan, olive oil, sugar snap peas and half the rocket. Scatter the remaining rocket over the risotto and position the pancetta
on top (making sure you eat a few slices while no one is looking). Divide among shallow bowls and serve.

Did you know?
If you’re vegetarian, replace the pancetta with finely sliced tofu sprinkled with smoked paprika and salt. Cook for the same amount of time and scatter over the top before serving. You could also use ‘facon’ (fake bacon) instead, along with vegan cheese and butter to make the risotto
entirely vegan.


Some people say that you need to add dry white wine before the stock for it to be a real risotto, but my little peeps simply don’t like the taste, so I exclude it and add the Vegeta stock powder instead.


Baked Tomato and Tuna Risotto: One Handed Cooks – Allie Gaunt, Jessica Beaton & Sarah Buckle

Cover One Handed Cooks

One Handed Cooks

Allie Grant, Jessica Beaton and Sarah Buckle

Penguin Random House Australia

Viking

ISBN: 9780670079018

 

“Nothing beats a traditional risotto, but spending 20 minutes at the stovetop, stirring, just isn’t always possible. This baked version is still wonderfully creamy, but gives you time to relax and put your feet up, or more realistically help with homework or building that Lego masterpiece.” (p.230-231)

 

S e r v e s 2 a d u lt s , 2 to d d l e r s , 2 b a b i e s

P R E P T I M E 15 minutes

C O O K I N G T I M E 40 minutes

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, finely diced

¼ leek, white part only, thinly sliced

1 clove garlic, crushed

1½ cups (300 g) Arborio rice, rinsed

1 tablespoon salt-reduced tomato paste (puree)

2 cups (500 ml) salt-reduced vegetable stock or homemade vegetable stock (see page 240)

400 g tin no-added-salt chopped tomatoes

1 carrot, coarsely grated

1 zucchini (courgette), coarsely grated

185 g tin tuna in spring water, drained

½ cup (40 g) finely grated parmesan (optional)

Small handful of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced).
  2. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based ovenproof saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, leek and garlic and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the rice and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and stir to coat the rice.
  3. Add the stock, 2 cups (500 ml) water and the tomatoes to the pan and bring to the boil. Stir through the carrot, zucchini and tuna. Cover with the lid or two tight layers of foil. Bake for 30 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is cooked through.

 

F U S S Y E AT I N G T I P If your baby is refusing to be spoon-fed, adapt the meal so you can offer it as finger food. This risotto, for instance, can be rolled into little balls that are easy to pick up and munch on.

S TO R A G E Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Alternatively, freeze individual portions in freezer bags or airtight containers for up to 2 months.

A L L E R G I E S / I N TO L E R A N C E S Gluten: use gluten-free stock. Dairy: omit the parmesan.

Tomato & Tuen Risotto

‘Extracted from One Handed Cooks by Allie Gaunt & Jessica Beaton with photography by Sarah Buckle, Viking, RRP$39.99