Recipe Created By:

Anthony Gascoigne



ready in

60 minutes



What you will need

  • 150g Riso Gallo Carnaroli Risotto Rice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • half small onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp dried mixed herbs
  • 200 ml white wine (optional)
  • 500 ml good quality vegetable or chicken stock
  • 50 g parmesan grated
  • 50 g butter
  • Seasoning
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 aubergine
  • 3 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes
  • Tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 200 g spinach
  • 2 pieces of monkfish
  • 2 rashers of pancetta or smoked streaky bacon

How to prepare:

Ingredients serve 4 people at a cost of £1.50 per portion.

This risotto can be cooked with roasted vegetables and spinach or to elevate the dish, with a piece of monkfish wrapped in pancetta and roasted.

Roughly chop all the vegetables, crush the garlic, sprinkle with mixed herbs and place into a roasting tray. Throw in the cherry tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and mix to coat all the vegetables with the olive oil. Roast in an oven until soft at 190 C for approximately 30 – 45 minutes.

Place stock into a pan and bring to a simmer. In a separate pan toast the rice in the olive oil. Add the onions, garlic, bay leaf, mixed herbs and sweat until soft. Add the white wine and reduce by half. Add a ladle full of hot stock, stir and allow the rice to absorb the stock before adding another ladle full. Continue the process until the rice is almost cooked and the consistency is loose.

Remove the roasted vegetables from the oven and squash the tomatoes with the back of a spoon to extract the sweet juices and add as much of the vegetables to the risotto as to your preference. There will be extra roasted vegetables for the following days lunch! Stir in the spinach until wilted.

Finish by stirring in a knob of butter, correcting the consistency with more stock if required. The rice should be just cooked at this point, if not cook for a further 5 minutes. Add the parmesan, season and serve either on its own, or to elevate the dish with a piece of monkfish wrapped in pancetta and roasted.

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