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Risotto with Watercress and Chestnut Mushrooms

Get a taste of summer with these delicious recipes using one of nature’s great superfoods.

What you'll need

85g bag watercress, chopped

700ml vegetable stock

25g unsalted butter

1 tbsp olive oil

3 shallots, peeled and finely chopped

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

250g pack large flat chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped

160g baby chestnut mushrooms, quartered

3 sprigs fresh thyme

200g risotto rice

150ml white wine

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

100g Welsh goats’ cheese

Put the stock in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and allow the stock to simmer.

Heat the butter and oil in a casserole dish over a moderate heat. Add the shallots and cook for one to two minutes. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute. Add the mushrooms and thyme and mix well.

Add the rice and stir for about one minute until the grains are well coated. Pour in the wine and stir until completely absorbed. Add one ladle of the hot stock and simmer until completely absorbed. Continue to add the stock as before, for a further 18-20 minutes until the rice is al dente.

Stir in most of the watercress (save some to garnish) and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat, cover, and rest for two minutes, then remove the thyme sprigs.

To serve, spoon into warmed bowls, scatter with the goats’ cheese and garnish with the remaining watercress.

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