If you are like me, you are constantly trying to veganize dishes you remember from your pre-vegan life. I for one have been obsessing on how to make the perfect vegan mozzarella. I’m pleased to say I’ve finally cracked the code, and I will be sharing that recipe with you soon. While obsessing on things like that, I forget that the best part of being vegan is staring right in front of me-All the wonderful fruit and veg I get every week. So, today it’s back to basics with this very simple, spicy risotto. If you’ve never made risotto before, this is a good starter recipe. As you get more confident, you can add whatever you wish.
This winter so far has been very cold. After a walk around the park with three dogs, a cane and a camera-I get tired. The best thing to come home to is a nice warm comforting meal. This is that meal!
1 Cup risotto rice (Remember the nifty converter to your right if you don’t measure in cups.)
2 tsp Crushed chili
3-4 tsp Crushed garlic
Pinch of wild oregano
Pinch of basil
1 Wild bay leaf
1/4 Cup passata
1 Cup white wine
2 Spring onions or leeks chopped
Few drops of chili sauce
1 Romano pepper seeded and chopped
1 Sweet red pepper seeded and chopped
1 Chili pepper seeded and chopped
2 Cups vegetable stock
1 tsp Sugar
1/2 cup Soft vegan spread
Splash some olive oil in your pan and swirl around.
When heated add the onions (or leeks), crushed garlic, crushed chili and rice.
Fry until rice has soaked in the oil a bit.
Add in the Romano pepper, bay leaf, sweet red pepper and chili pepper and stir.
Next pour in the white wine, and let it sit over the rice for a few minutes.
Once the rice has soaked in the white wine, pour in the vegetable stock and passata.
Sprinkle in the oregano, sugar and basil.
Stir as much as possible throughout the entire process. Risottos need a lot of stirring.
When the rice is almost cooked, scoop in the vegan spread. This gives it the creamy texture the risotto needs.
Stir until cooked and serve.
This is a risotto for two.
[The 'ott' in risotto is pronounced ott as in 'hot' or 'otter', not 'o' as in 'oat' or 'boat'.]
Pronunciation of risotto
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