There's no need to be daunted by the prospect of making a risotto when you can whip up this almost 'hands-off' version that finishes in the oven. The bacon imparts a satisfying umami flavour to the creamy rice, while the corn and leek add a subtle sweetness for the perfect flavour balance. Sprinkle with almonds for some crunch, plus parsley for a bright and peppery garnish.
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diced bacon(May be present Soy)
garlic & herb seasoning
chicken-style stock powder
spinach & rocket mix
balsamic vinaigrette dressing
roasted almonds(ContainsTree NutsMay be present Soy, Milk, Peanuts, Sesame)
grated Parmesan cheese(ContainsMilk)
• Preheat oven to 220°C/200°C fan-forced. Boil the kettle. Slice leek. Drain sweetcorn. • In a large deep frying pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil over a high heat. Cook diced bacon, leek and corn, breaking bacon up with a spoon, until starting to brown, 4-6 minutes. • Add garlic paste and arborio rice and cook, stirring, until fragrant,1-2 minutes. • Add the boiling water (2 cups for 2 people / 4 cups for 4 people), garlic & herb seasoning and chicken-style stock powder, then bring to the boil.
• Transfer risotto to large baking dish. • Cover tightly with foil. Bake until liquid is absorbed and rice is ‘al dente’, 24-28 minutes. • When risotto is done, stir through grated Parmesan cheese and butter. If needed, add a splash of water to loosen. Season to taste.
TIP: 'Al dente' rice is cooked through but still slightly firm in the centre.
• While risotto is baking, roughly chop roasted almonds and set aside. • Thinly slice pear (see ingredients) into wedges. • When risotto is almost ready, combine spinach and rocket mix, pear and balsamic vinaigrette in a large bowl. Toss to coat. Season to taste
• Divide bacon, corn and leek risotto between bowls. Sprinkle with torn parsley and chopped almonds. • Serve with pear salad.