Serves 4

½ small onion, diced
2 sticks celery, peeled and cut into 1cm long pieces
8 large leaves cavolo nero, stalks removed
200g silverbeet and or spinach
Handful parsley, chervil, and chives, roughly chopped
5 to 6 cups vegetable stock
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp butter
1 ½ cups faro, barley or Arborio rice
½ cup dry white wine
Salt to taste
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


 Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add 4 cavolo nero leaves and the silverbeet leaves and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
With remaining leaves finely slice and set aside. Rinse quickly under cold water. Put cooked leaves in a blender or food processor and add just enough water to allow machine to puree until smooth. Set aside.
Heat the stock in a medium saucepan over low heat. Put oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large, deep saucepan over medium heat. When it is hot, add onion, celery and sliced silverbeet leaves, stirring occasionally until soft but not yet brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
Add rice and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is glossy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add white wine, stir, and let liquid bubble away. Add a large pinch of salt. Add warmed stock, 1/2 cup or so at a time, stirring constantly. Each time stock has just about evaporated, add more.
After about 15 minutes, add cavolo nero leaves, and a couple of spoons of the puree, continuing to add stock when necessary. Taste the rice as you go, you want it to be tender but with a bit of crunch; it could take as long as 25 minutes total to reach this stage.
When it does, stir in ½ of the leaf puree.
Remove saucepan from heat, add remaining butter and stir briskly.
Add Parmesan and stir briskly, then taste and adjust seasoning. Risotto should be slightly soupy. Serve immediately.


 Risotto is pretty much a one pot meal, easy on the pocket and so versatile. I was looking at my vege patch and saw a lot of healthy green vegetables and herbs resulting in this nourishing risotto.

Thanks to JANEFIELD HYDROPONICS – spinach, coriander, and to WAIRUNA ORGANICS – baby kale for providing the ingredients used in the demonstration.

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