Feed five for under a fiver...
Check out this original recipe for chorizo and pea risotto - and feed five people for less than a fiver!
Recipe #3: Chorizo and pea risotto
225g of Tesco finest chorizo ring (£2.48)
500g of Arborio rice (95p)
1 large onion (16p)
1 bulb of garlic (34p)
1 tin of garden peas (29p)
50g of grated parmesan (75p)
The cupboard staples...
We're assuming you have the following cupboard staples already: Black pepper, olive oil and 2 pints of chicken stock (made with stock cubes).
- Add a couple of glugs of olive oil to a large heavy-based saucepan. Heat the oil for 30 seconds and then add the finely chopped garlic and onion. Sauté for a few minutes on a medium heat until onions softened - be careful NOT to burn the garlic! Once this is done pour the onion and mixture into a bowl for use shortly.
- Get the pan back on the heat and add the cubed (about 0.5cm) chorizo - remember to take the skin of the chorizo before chopping. Fry off the chorizo for a few minutes until slightly crispy and the oils have run off. Drain off as much of the oil as possible and add the onion and garlic mixture back to the pan.
- Now add the rice. Try to get all the grains coated with oil. Keep on a medium heat and stirring all the time so it doesn't catch on the bottom of the pan. Do this for just over a minute until all coated.
- Prepare two pints of hot chicken stock and add one ladleful of the stock to the pan, keep stirring! Never stop stirring until the liquid is absorbed. Repeat this process until the majority of the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is nice and tender. The more you stir the creamier the risotto - so make the effort!
- Finally add the peas, heat through and add a good few twists of black pepper.
- Serve with a good sprinkling of parmesan and a twist of black pepper if desired!
A bit about our Chef, Paul Warburton
Paul Warburton, a lovemoney.com staff member, had a hectic career in the world of hot kitchens and screaming chefs before joining the lovemoney.com products development team.
During these years, under the tutorage of some great chefs, he honed his skills in cooking for numbers within a tight cost and portion-controlled environment.
Now he's planning to regularly offer his help to all budding chefs in the lovemoney.com community, so you can enjoy his original, low-cost recipes with your family and friends every Saturday for free!
If you like this recipe, why not also try Paul's other 'Feed five for under a fiver' recipes: Spicy tuna, bean and coriander lasagne or Beef koftas with a feta, spinach and fresh mint salad.
*Prices correct on 16th June 2009.