One of our favourite things about Italian cooking is that every dish can be adapted for every season and the produce available. This risotto is a perfect example; light and fresh and finished off with delicious crispy serrano ham.
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Preheat the grill to a medium heat. To prepare the ingredients, crumble the vegetable stock, finely chop the red onion, and peel and crush the garlic. Rinse the arborio rice well, trim the green beans and cut them into 1 cm lengths, finely grate the Parmesan cheese, and wash the rocket leaves.
Add the vegetable stock and the boiling water to a medium saucepan and place over a low heat to keep warm. Set aside two slices of serrano ham and finely chop the remaining slices.
Heat the olive oil and butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the red onion and finely chopped serrano ham and cook for 3 minutes, or until the onion is soft. Add the garlic and arborio rice, coat the grains and toast for 1 minute. Reduce to a medium-low heat.
Add the simmering stock to the rice mixture, 1 cup at a time, and stir continuously until the stock has been absorbed. Repeat this process for approximately 25-30 minutes or until all the stock has been absorbed and the rice is cooked ‘al dente’. Add the green beans with the last cup of stock and stir until the stock has absorbed. Remove from the heat and stir through the Parmesan cheese and half of the rocket leaves. Season generously with pepper. Tip: Never leave risotto on the stove and walk away. The continuous stirring takes patience, but it’s absolutely worth it in the end.
Meanwhile, place the reserved serrano ham slices under the grill on a lined oven tray and cook for 5 minutes or until crispy. Break into small shards.
To serve, divide the serrano ham and rocket risotto between bowls and garnish with remaining rocket leaves and crispy serrano shards.