Porcini and cavolo nero risotto

Ingredients to serve 4

50g dried porcini mushrooms
1.5 litres vegetable stock
2 red onions
2 tablespoons olive oil
A couple of blobs of butter
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
200g cavolo nero
200g risotto rice
100ml white wine
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
150g parmesan, grated, plus more for serving if required

Risottos are wonderful dishes, taking on all the surrounding flavours. Cooking a risotto is definitely something you need to practise, as the more you know your rice the better the flavour and texture will be. A one-pot wonder is always good for large groups, but it can be difficult cooking too much risotto in one pot, so sometimes it's better to have a couple of separate pots cooking.

Put the porcini into a bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave to soak. Bring the stock to a simmer, then keep it warm until you need it.

Peel the red onions and cut into thin slivers. Heat the olive oil and a blob of butter in a pan and sauté the red onions slowly until they soften. Add the garlic. Rip the cavolo nero leaves from the central stalk and slice into thin strips. Discard the stalk. Add the leaves to the onions and sauté until softened.

Drain the porcini and add to the pan. Cook for 2 minutes, then add the rice, stirring until it is hot. Add the wine, then turn the heat up and reduce it by a third. Season with salt and pepper.

Turn the heat down to low and add the hot stock to the rice a ladleful at a time, stirring while each ladleful is absorbed before adding the next. Taste and season. Once the rice is cooked but still has a little bite (after about 20 minutes), add the grated Parmesan and a big blob of butter. Stir – it should be creamy but not claggy, and each piece of rice should have its own identity. Leave the risotto to settle for a few moments. Serve with extra Parmesan, for those who want more.

Taken from You're All Invited by Margot Henderson (Fig Tree, £25).

Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookA delicious collection of 50 meaty main courses
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Food & Drink

    Recruitment Genius: Graphic Designer - Product Development

    £26000 - £29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Product Development departm...

    Recruitment Genius: Assistant Manager - Visitor Fundraising

    £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Visitor Fundraising Team is responsi...

    Recruitment Genius: Developer

    £30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...

    Recruitment Genius: Estates Contracts & Leases Manager

    £30000 - £34000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Estates Team of this group ...

    Day In a Page

    Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition

    Orthorexia nervosa

    How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
    Lady Chatterley is not obscene, says TV director

    Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Director Jed Mercurio on why DH Lawrence's novel 'is not an obscene story'
    Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests

    Set a pest to catch a pest

    Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests
    Mexico: A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life

    The dark side of Mexico

    A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life
    Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde. Don't tell other victims it was theirs

    Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde

    Please don't tell other victims it was theirs
    A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

    A nap a day could save your life

    A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
    If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

    If men are so obsessed by sex...

    ...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
    The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

    Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

    The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
    The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

    Rolling in the deep

    The bathing machine is back but with a difference
    Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

    Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

    Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
    The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

    The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

    Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
    House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

    The honours that shame Britain

    Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
    When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

    'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

    Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
    International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

    International Tap Festival comes to the UK

    Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
    War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

    Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

    Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border