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Eating out can be fun and all but we're about to ruin that for you. Not in a bad way but once you try our homemade leek risotto you will want to stay in and do all the cooking yourself.
This recipe is so easy to make it might seem we missed something along the process. But we didn't! In just a few steps you will have a bowl filled with the most indulgent, creamy and flavourful rice you've ever come across.
Risotto is a rice dish from Northern Italy and is one of the best things Italian cuisine has gifted to the world. The rice has a much creamier consistency than your typical rice and it's usually cooked with veggies, olive oil and some sort of broth.
We really want to focus on that creamy consistency. That will distinguish a great risotto from just another risotto. To get the perfect consistency it will come down to the type of rice we use. It might be tempting to use whatever we already have in the pantry but believe me, the extra trip to the store is absolutely worth it.
Different types of rice have different starch content. We want the starch to be released into the liquid when we cook the risotto. The liquid will evaporate and you will end up with that beautiful creamy consistency.
With the consistency sorted out, now we have to focus on the taste and the nutrition of this dish. Leek risotto covers both really well with just a few ingredients. Even though the recipe is super simple, everything will add both, a ton of flavour and a bunch of different nutrients.
The star of this recipe is the leek without a doubt. Leeks are often overlooked and don't really get the attention they deserve. I'm absolutely guilty of this. I hardly ever use leek but considering how easy it is to incorporate and all the many health benefits it has, I certainly need to change that.
Leeks are pretty similar to onions. But I would say their taste is a bit milder so it's quite easy to pair them up with many other veggies. You can make an absolute powerhouse of nutrition by using leek in your recipes.
Leek is low in calories and doesn't have much protein. But it's packed with fiber and a bunch of different vitamins and minerals such as vitamin, A, C, E and B6, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Manganese.
Leek is already really healthy but we are also adding spinach, shallots and nutritional yeast. This will crank up the health benefits of our delicious leek risotto. And with just a few other ingredients we will sort out the taste.
The cooking process is super simple. You just have to sauté your veggies for a few minutes, stir fry the rice, incorporate the rest of the ingredients and that's it! Your risotto will be ready and your house will smell amazing!
Make sure you serve this leek risotto while it's still warm and steamy. Everyone will think you have an Italian chef hiding in your kitchen!
For the risotto
For the garnish
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 465||From Fat 108|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 12g||18.4%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||6.7%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 80g||26.6%|
|Dietry Fiber 6g||24.3%|
|Vitamin A 0µg|
|Vitamin B-12 4.87µg||81.2%|
|Vitamin B-6 6.41mg||320.6%|
|Vitamin C 9.11mg||15.2%|
|Vitamin D 0IU||0%|
|Vitamin E 3.94mg||13.1%|
|Vitamin K1 304.98µg||381.2%|
|Folic Acid 0µg|
|Pantothenic acid 1.86mg||18.6%|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
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