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Wednesday, 17 October 2018
Creamy spring risotto soup (vegan)
cashew cream recipe lately. It added the flavour and protein to make it a complete meal. I make the disclaimer that I have never been one for adding lots of creaminess to risotto. I never liked eggs or cream so why would I add these to a gorgeous risotto.
I am sending this risotto to Shaheen (and VegHog) for their Eat Your Greens blog event.
More asparagus recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Asparagus, artichoke and wild rice salad (gf, v)
Asparagus, potato and quinoa soup (gf, v)
Asparagus, strawberry and greens salad with poppyseed dressing (gf, v)
Chunky asparagus and cashew dip (gf, v)
Crustless asparagus and potato quiche
Spring risotto soup with cashew cream
Adapted from Green Gourmet Giraffe
1 medium leek
1-2 tbsp vegan margarine
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup (200g) Arborio rice
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1.2 litres boiling water
2 1/2 tsp vegie stock powder
1/2 tsp salt
good shake of pepper
2 cups (250g) fresh or frozen peas
2 small bundles (500g) asparagus spears
1/4 cup cashew cream
Optional garnish: chopped parsley and toasted pinenuts
Cut the leek into 4 lengthways and wash between the layers. Bring kettle to boil.
Cut into 0.5cm slices. Heat the butter and margarine in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add leek and cook til softened (approx 4-6 mins). Add rice and garlic. Stir to coat with oil. Add hot stock and simmer for 15 minutes (or 13 minutes for thicker asparagus). Stir occasionally.
While the rice is simmering, prepare vegetables. Break the woody ends off asparagus and chop into 2-4cm lengths. When rice is almost cooked, a lot of the water will be absorbed. Add asparagus and cook for 4 minutes (or 6 if thick asparagus), stirring more frequently so the rice doesn't stick to the bottom of the saucepan. Stir in peas and bring to the boil. Stir in cashew cream.
If desired, serve with parsley and toasted pinenuts.
NOTES: You could add other greens. I have added broccoli in the past. Green beans would work. I considered kale. It would be lovely with some fried asparagus on top. The amounts of greens I have given are indicative and depend on what is available. If you have some nice stock, substitute it for the boiling water and stock powder and check the seasoning. If it is too savoury, add a tsp of apple cider vinegar to lighten the flavour. I have tried this and it worked well. If all the water does not get absorbed that is fine as this can be served as a soup. I find that the water usually is absorbed but it is still quite wet.
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