Sunday, January 11, 2009


In the February 2009 Olive Magazine on page 48, they are giving suggestions for, 7 meals for £35.00.

1. Chicken hotpot
2. Thai burgers with salsa and sweet potato wedges
3. Lamb dhansak
4. Beef, mushroom and red wine pies
5. Skinny pizza
6. Porcini and spinach risotto
7. Herb and pea fishcakes

All of the recipes read really well, and I have already lined up the lamb dhansak, to make this coming week.

I never feel the need to eat meat every day, and this vegetarian risotto was a winner. In fact, delicious.

It took about 20 minutes for the rice to absorb most of the stock. If you like your rice to absorb all of the stock, then another five minutes or so should take care of this.

If you don't have any dried porcini, it doesn't mean that you can't make this recipe - just leave it out!

I used Riso Gallo Organic Arborio Risotto Rice, which I bought from a large Tesco Supermarket.

To serve 2 people:

You will need:

25g dried porcini, 50g butter, 1 small finely chopped onion, 1 clove garlic crushed, 200g sliced chestnut mushrooms, 150g risotto rice, a glass white wine, 750ml vegetable stock (kept simmering), 100g washed spinach, a few shavings Parmesan.

1. Soak the porcini in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid through a sieve to remove any grit and keep for the risotto. Roughly chop the porcini.
2. Heat the butter in a wide shallow pan and cook the chopped onion and garlic until softened. Add the chestnut mushrooms to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, add the porcini and risotto rice and stir until coated.
3. Pour in the wine and bubble until it is all absorbed. Gradually add the simmering stock and porcini soaking liquid stirring until the rice is tender but still has a little bite. Stir through the spinach until just wilted.
4. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan shavings.


Jan said...

Oooh yummy yum yum! Looks good Maggie - I love risotto and the mushrooms. Great pictures too!

The Caked Crusader said...

I love risotto yet have never made it - somehow I'm a bit scared of all the constant stirring! Yours looks lovely

Alexx said...

Spinach works so well in risotto! This looks lovely!

pigpigscorner said...

looks really good! I love mushrooms and have been craving for mushroom risotto for awhile.

Anne said...

That looks so yummy! Have got the mag too and there are some nice dishes this month!

Sam said...

Risotto is one dish I never get bored of, I could eat it every day! This looks really tasty!

Mallika said...

What a lovely recipe! But I would keep the porcini in for that delicious meaty taste. That's dinner sorted for tomorrow night.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Some good recipes there. I hope it proves to people that it IS possible to cook and eat well on a budget.

Brilynn said...

That looks wonderful! I've got a friend who provides me with great exotic mushrooms that would be perfect for this risotto.

Dee said...

Oho, I have porcini in the pantry :) I'm curious about the lamb dhansak - what is it? Sounds very exotic, and something I might like to try. Can't wait for the recipe!

Rosie said...

Oh this looks delish M and I have porcini in my store too :0)

Rosie x