SW recipe: Courgette and lemon risotto

Serves 4  Ready in about 40 minutes


Low-calorie cooking spray

500g green and yellow courgettes, diced or sliced

1 onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1.2 litres vegetable stock

300g dried risotto rice

Zest and juice of 1/2 unwaxed lemon

4 level tbsp grated fresh Parmesan, or vegetarian alternative

Fresh basil leaves, to serve

Mixed-leaf salad, to serve


1 Spray a frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Stir-fry the courgettes for 4-5 minutes, then transfer to a plate and set aside. Spray the pan with a little more low-calorie cooking spray and fry the onion and garlic until soft but not coloured.

2 Pour the stock into a saucepan and keep warm over a low heat. Add the rice to the frying pan and stir well. Add the stock, a ladleful at a time, stirring continuously until absorbed before adding another ladleful (this should take about 20-25 minutes). Add the lemon zest and courgettes halfway through the cooking time.

3 When the risotto is ready, remove from the heat, add a twist of black pepper and stir through the lemon juice. Divide between 4 plates and sprinkle 1 level tbsp Parmesan over each. Scatter over the basil leaves and serve with the mixed-leaf salad.

Syns per serving: 1
PUSH THE BOAT OUT Add 125ml dry white wine to the rice in step 2, stir until absorbed, then start adding the stock (add 1 Syn per serving)

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