Thank you Circulon for sponsoring this recipe.
I’m a big fan of risottos and already have a risotto recipe for almost every season, it was just missing a Spring-themed recipe. So here is a fresh, flavourful, light but still ultra creamy and comforting Primavera Risotto.
With a base mixture of onions, carrot and celery (for ease, you can use some ready-prepared Soffritto mix) and some asparagus, spring onion, peas and herbs added near the end.
This risotto is plant-based, dairy-free and naturally gluten-free too. If you don’t want to use vegan cheese, I recommend substituting about 40ml of the vegetable stock for dairy-free milk and two tablespoons of nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavour.
The perfect pan for making risotto
I came up with this recipe when Circulon sent me their latest C Series pan, which uses something called ‘Steelshield™’ and this basically means the pan cooks just like steel but with all the benefits of non-stick. That’s right, you can use metal tools with it. ❤️️
I’ve been really pleased with the results from this pan. It has excellent temperature control, so you don’t have to worry about constantly regulating the heat and you don’t have to worry about scratching the pan with metal spatulas, forks etc.
You can really let loose and be bold with your cooking!
So, no rice stuck to the bottom of the pan AND super easy to wash up afterwards. It’s even dishwasher safe.
Risotto Making Tips
- Stirring regularly. You don’t have to stand over the stove, stirring constantly but regular stirring will help the rice release it’s starch.
- Adding the stock a cup at a time. Adding the stock in all in one go is simply just like boiling rice but we want a creamier result than that. So adding the stock in a bit at a time, waiting until each ladel-full has nearly been absorbed will help create that gluey texture.
Keep the temperature at a gentle simmer, don’t try to rush it!
- “Mantecatura” – Loosely translated as “enrichment” or to give something a buttery texture. This is achieved at the end of the recipe, when the rice is almost cooked and the liquid has very nearly been absorbed.
Remove the rice from the heat and stir for a couple of minutes, adding an extra ingredients, such as dairy-free butter, oil, and vegan cheese.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 150g Soffrito mix (equal parts diced onion, celery and carrot)
- 3 cloves crushed garlic
- 120g risotto rice (Arborio)
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar*
- 500ml vegetable stock
- 125g asparagus tips, cut into 3
- 3 spring onions, sliced
- 50g frozen petit pois peas
- 1 tsp vegan butter
- A generous amount of grated vegan parmesan
- Fresh parsley
- (Optional) 1 tbsp vegan cream cheese, or nutritional yeast
1. Add the oil to a skillet, on medium heat. Sauté the soffritto mix for about 5 minutes, until softened.
2. Stir in the risotto rice with the white wine vinegar and after about a minute, add in a third of the stock. Let it simmer gently and absorb all the liquid. Repeat with the next third.
3. When you're ready to add the last of the stock, add the asparagus and spring onions too.
4. When the rice has very nearly absorbed all the liquid, after about 25-30 minutes, add the peas, cheese and vegan butter. Remove from the heat, add the lid and allow to sit for 2 minutes. Stir and serve immediately. Season with fresh parsley, pepper, extra cheese or nutritional yeast.
*If you have some white wine to cook with instead, use that! Give a good glug (about 50ml) and you may need to use a little less vegetable stock.