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Oven-Baked Pesto & Goat Cheese Risotto

Oven-Baked Pesto & Goat Cheese Risotto

with Baby Spinach & Walnuts

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Goat cheese lends an amazing yet delicate flavour to this simple risotto that’s baked in the oven for minimum fuss and maximum flavour. Yum!

Tags:Naturally Gluten-FreeNot Suitable for CoeliacsVeggie
Allergens:MilkTree Nuts
Preparation Time45 minutes
Cooking difficultyLevel 1
serving amount
Ingredientsarrow down iconarrow down icon
serving amount

1 unit

brown onion

1 unit


1 packet

goat cheese


1 packet

arborio rice

1 tub

traditional pesto

(ContainsMilk, Tree Nuts)

2 cube

vegetable stock

1 bag

baby spinach leaves

1 packet


(ContainsTree Nuts)

2 clove


Not included in your delivery

olive oil

2 cup


Nutritional Valuesper serving
Nutritional Valuesarrow down iconarrow down icon
per serving
Energy (kJ)3110 kJ
Fat29.4 g
of which saturates6.5 g
Carbohydrate93.3 g
of which sugars8.6 g
Protein22.9 g
Sodium1100 mg
The average adult daily energy intake is 8700 kJ
Utensilsarrow down iconarrow down icon
Chopping board
Medium Non-Stick Pan
Baking Dish
Aluminum Foil
Instructionsarrow up iconarrow up icon
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Get prepped
Get prepped

Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan-forced. Finely chop the brown onion. Cut the zucchini into 1cm chunks. Finely chop the garlic (or use a garlic press).

Cook the veggies
Cook the veggies

In a medium frying pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil over a medium-high heat. Add the brown onion and zucchini and cook, stirring, for 4-5 minutes or until tender. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the arborio rice and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until coated.

Add the pesto
Add the pesto

Add the traditional pesto and crumble in the vegetable stock cubes. Slowly add the water and stir to dissolve the stock. Bring to the boil and then remove from the heat. Transfer the risotto into a medium baking dish and tightly cover with foil.

Bake the risotto
Bake the risotto

Bake the risotto for 24-28 minutes, or until the liquid has absorbed and the rice is ‘al dente’. Halfway through cooking, stir through a splash of water. Once the rice is done, remove the dish from the oven and stir through the baby spinach leaves and 1/2 the goat cheese. Season to taste with a generous pinch of pepper.

Toast the walnuts
Toast the walnuts

While the risotto is baking, roughly chop the walnuts. Wipe out the medium frying pan and return to a medium-high heat. Add the walnuts and toast, tossing, for 3-4 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant. Transfer to a plate.

Serve up
Serve up

Divide the oven-baked pesto risotto between bowls. Sprinkle over the remaining goat cheese and the toasted walnuts.