Recipe for the month

Sent in by Anne kinsman

Mushroom and spinach risotto


1 tablespoon olive oil
25g butter
1 onion chopped.
140g chestnut mushrooms slices
1 garlic clove.
140g Arborio rice
150ml dry white wine
4 sundried tomatoes chopped
500ml hot vegetable stock
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
25g parmesan or vegetarian alternative freshly grated
100 g fresh young leaf spinach


1. Heat the oil and butter in a large deep frying pan. Add the onion and cook gently for 5 minutes until softened. Stir in the mushrooms and garlic and cook gently for 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Stir in the rice to coat with the onion and mushroom mixture. Pour in the wine and cook over a moderate heat for about 3 minutes stirring from time to time until the wine is absorbed.
3. Reduce to a gentle heat. Add the tomatoes and 125 ml/4fl oz of the stock and cook for about 5 minutes and until the liquid is absorbed. Pour in a further 125ml/4fl oz stock and continue cooking until absorbed. Repeat with the remaining stock until it is all absorbed and the rice is creamy and tender.
4. Stir in the parsley and half the parmesan. Season to taste. Scatter the spinach over the risotto. Cover and cook gently for 4 to 5 minutes until spinach has just wilted. Serve immediately sprinkled with the remaining parmesan. Serve with warm Ciabatta and green salad.