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Comforting Leek Risotto with Cream Cheese

This creamy leek risotto is easy to make, filling and oh-so comforting. We show you how to speed it up, too – good food shouldn’t be slow!
Course Mains
Cuisine Mediterranean
Time 35 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3 (or 2 huge portions)
Calories 977kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup risotto rice
  • 3-4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 leek
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup peas, frozen
  • ¾ cup cream (¾ cup = 200ml)
  • ¾ cup cream cheese (¾ cup = 150g)
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (vegetarian) (make sure to check for a no-fish version)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp basil, fresh
  • 2 tbsp parsley, fresh
  • 2 tbsp oregano, fresh (for all the herbs, dried or frozen are fine if fresh are unavailable)

Optional:

  • 1 cup white wine (mega tasty)
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese (for garnish, mega tasty)

Instructions

  • Give the rice a quick rinse – we don’t need this one too starchy.
  • Slice the leek and onion and fry in olive oil in a big pan on medium heat for about 5 Minutes.
  • Add the risotto rice and fry for another 2 minutes.
  • If using, throw in the white wine and stir until dissolved.
  • Add ¾ of the veggie broth. Let everything cook for about 20 minutes, or until the rice is ready. If it goes dry before the rice is ready, add more broth.
  • When the rice is ready, turn the heat off. Add the frozen peas, cream and cream cheese, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce and basil, parsley and oregano. Give it a good stir making sure all is mixed together well.
  • Turn the heat back and cook on a med-high heat for another 5 minutes. This gives a chance for the sauce to become thick, and the flavours to fully come out. Add salt and pepper to taste. Just don’t let it burn – stir occasionally!
  • Serve with a little cheddar sprinkled on the top for extra deliciousness.

Notes

Need more rice? Check out this fried pineapple rice for something a bit different (and awesome). Or if you want to move away from carbs, we highly recommend taking a look at zoodles (spoiler: they rock).

Nutrition

Calories: 977kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 63g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 1649mg | Potassium: 505mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 3500IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 294mg | Iron: 3mg