20 Minute Meals (max!) · Basic but Impressive · Cheese · Comfort Food · Meat · Spicy

Nduja and Asparagus Risotto

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Simple, spicy and delicious – the perfect speedy dinner when you need quick comforting carbs

 

Ingredients

100g nduja (or something similar like chorizo if that’s easier)

1 litre chicken stock

1 onion, finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

2 carrots, finely chopped

1 bunch of fresh asparagus, roughly chopped

2 sticks of celery, finely chopped

Chunk of parmesan cheese, grated

400g risotto rice

1 knob of butter for cooking

2 glasses of white wine

Olive oil for cooking

Salt and pepper to season

 

Method

  1. In a large, heavy bottomed pan, fry off all the vegetables with the knob of butter and a splash of olive oil to prevent sticking. Cook them down until they are slightly coloured and well softened
  2. Add the nduja and cook until crisping around the edges and the colourful oil is being released
  3. Add the rice, and cook over the heat for a minute or two before adding the wine and bubbling for a further five minutes or so at a low simmer. Now is also a good time to lightly season your mixture, although you might need to do this again later once you have added the stock
  4. Now slowly start adding the stock, a bit at a time, mixing consistently to ensure nothing sticks. Once the first dash of stock has been absorbed add a little more, again mixing until absorbed. Continue until you have used up all the stock and the mixture has taken on a rich, creamy texture
  5. Remove from the heat and add most of the parmesan, mixing well to enhance the texture
  6. Serve whilst piping hot with additional seasoning and grated cheese to finish it off

We sometimes would top this with added chicken or a meaty fish like hake to add a little more texture and substance, but it is equally as delicious on its own

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