Mint, Broad Bean and Bacon Risotto

An inviting broad bean, bacon and mint risotto recipe. Sweet broad beans are met with crispy, salty bacon and hints of fresh mint.

Preparation time: 15 minutes - Cooking time: 45 minutes - Total time: 1 hour - Serves: 4

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
65g unsalted butter
½ onion, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 small carrot, finely chopped
250g pack dry cured back bacon, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
800ml fresh vegetable stock
175g risotto rice
60ml white wine
150g frozen broad beans
35g parmigiano reggiano, finely grated
25g pack mint, leaves only

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1. Heat the oil and 40g butter in a large heavy-based pan. Add the onion, celery, carrot, bacon and garlic; cook over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes until soft but not coloured. Meanwhile, pour the vegetable stock into a separate pan and bring to a low simmer.

2. Add the rice to the softened vegetable mixture and stir until coated in the butter and oil. Cook for a few minutes then pour in the wine. Keep stirring for 1-2 minutes until the wine has evaporated. Add the broad beans then start adding the stock one ladle at a time, stirring until all the liquid has been absorbed before adding more. Continue until all the stock has been absorbed by the rice and the risotto is creamy – about 20-25 minutes. Season.

3. Take the pan off the heat and stir in 25g grated parmigiano reggiano and the remaining 25g butter. Put the lid on the pan and leave for 5 minutes to rest. Finely chop most of the mint and stir into the rice. Serve with the remaining cheese and mint scattered over, plus a little drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Recipe courtesy of Waitrose & Partners
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