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Pea Spring Onion And Rocket Risotto
1.2 litres of good vegetable stock
500g frozen peas
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled
10 spring onions, sliced (1cm in length)
300g Arborio risotto rice
Sea salt and black pepper
3 good handfuls washed rocket
150g freshly grated Parmesan
1 tablespoon flat leaved parsley, chopped
Freshly grated parmesan to garnish (optional)
Bring half the stock to the boil with half the peas and simmer for 5 minutes. Place in a food processor, blend well. Add the remaining stock to this puree to give a pouring consistency. Heat half the butter and the olive oil in a heavy-based pan. Crush the garlic and add it to the pan. Add the spring onion and stir. Add the rice and stir for 2 minutes to coat it with oil. Add enough pea stock to cover the rice. Cook gently, stirring all the time. Add more pea stock as it is absorbed into the rice.
After approximately 10 minutes, add the remaining peas, some more stock and salt and pepper. Cook for a further 5 minutes stirring well. Throw in the rocket and stir until the leaves have wilted. Add the remaining butter, the Parmesan and the parsley.
Adjust the seasoning and serve piled into bowls with more Parmesan if required.
Serves 4 - Vegetarian
The less water you use when cooking peas, the less vitamin C is lost. Steaming helps to conserve this vitamin.
When boiling frozen peas, add enough water to cover, bring to the boil and then cover and simmer for 3 minutes. To microwave 227 grams (8oz) of frozen peas add 15ml (1 tablespoon) of water, place in a non metallic container and cover. Cook on full power for 4 minutes (750W) or 4 1/2 minutes (650W).