I love this recipe it’s perfect for lunch or a side dish.
What You Need
4 Cups vegetable stock
1/2 Cup asparagus tips
3/4 Cup baby carrots( halved lengthways)
3/4 Cup petite peas
1 Cups fava beans
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 baby leeks, thinly sliced
1 ¼ Cup risotto rice
1 Tbsp pesto sauce ( from your local market or homemade)
¼ Cup pine nuts ( toasted)*
Large non stock frying pan
Before You Start Toast the pine nuts (see below recipe)
Let’s Make It! Bring the stock to the boil in a large saucepan, then reduce the heat, add the asparagus tips, carrots, peas and beans and simmer for 4–5 minutes until tender. Remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon and set aside. Keep the stock simmering over a med low heat. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan and add the leeks. Stir-fry for 2 minutes until they are bright green, then stir in the rice. Add 2–3 tbsp of the hot stock and cook gently, stirring until the liquid is absorbed. Continue adding the stock, a little at a time, until the mixture is soupy and the grains of rice are tender but still have a slight bite. This will take about 20 minutes. Stir in the pesto and season to taste. Gently stir in the asparagus, carrots, peas and beans and cook for a few more minutes until the vegetables are heated through. Serve with the toasted pine nuts sprinkled on top.
Tid Bits ~When fresh peas and fava beans are not in season ( or to save time) use frozen peas and beans.
*How To Toast Pine Nuts
Preheat the oven to 350°
Select a baking sheet with side walls so the pine nuts do not spill when you stir them. Pick through the pine nuts, removing broken pieces, until you have 1 cup of whole pine nuts. (The broken pieces toast too fast and the final results will not be uniform).Place pine nuts onto the baking sheet in a single layer. Toast the pine nuts in preheated oven for 6 to 10 minutes. Stir the pine nuts occasionally during toasting. Remove from oven when the pine nuts are a uniform golden brown. Keep a close watch on them it’s better to remove the pine nuts when they are slightly under-toasted rather than burned. Immediately move toasted pine nuts to a plate or bowl. If left on the hot cookie sheet they may continue to brown-off after removing them from the oven.
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