- 12g dried porcini
- 400g leeks
- 200g mushrooms
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 vegetable stock cubes
- 500g risotto rice
- A handful of soft, green herbs, leaves only
- 500ml + 11/2 ltrs boiling water
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Sea salt
- Freshly ground pepper
Put the dried porcini in a bowl. Pour over 500ml boiling water. Set aside to soak while you prepare the veg.
Trim the ends off the leeks (you don't have to cut all the thick green leaves off, just the top 2cm or so). Slice a cross 5cm deep into the top of the leeks and rinse out all the grit. Finely slice the leeks. Slice the mushrooms. Peel and grate or crush the garlic.
Put a large pan over a medium heat for 2 mins. Add 2 tbsp oil and the leeks. Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 10 mins, stirring now and then, till the leeks are soft and lightly browned. Add the garlic.
Crumble the stock cubes into a large pan or bowl. Stir in 11/2 ltrs boiling water till the stock cubes dissolve. Pour the porcini stock through a sieve or colander into the bowl, so the porcini and mushroom stocks are combined.
Add the porcini and fresh mushrooms to the pan. Cook and stir for 2 mins till they're juicy. Stir in the rice. Cook and stir for 2 mins.
Add a ladleful of hot stock to the rice. Keep the heat set to medium-low and cook till the rice has absorbed the stock. Stir often, but not constantly - every few mins should do. Then keeping adding the stock and stirring till all the stock has been used up and the rice is soft and creamy
While the risotto cooks, roughly chop the herb leaves, discarding any thick stalks. When the risotto is ready, stir in the chopped herbs. Taste and add a little more salt or pepper if you think it needs it. Serve the risotto in warm bowls.
Keep & eat
Refrigerate leftovers for a maximum of 3 days. Reheat thoroughly before serving. A good way to reheat risotto is to shape it into little round cakes, dust with flour and fry till crisp.
Cheesed to eat you
Grate in a big chunk of parmesan and add a few spoonfuls of butter to make this risotto extra creamy and rich.