I got some lovely spinach from Growing Well at Low Sizergh the other week via its new crop share scheme and decided to ring the changes with this iron-packed vegetable with this recipe from the Filippo Berio olive oil people ...
Spinach Risotto Serves 4 350g (12oz) fresh spinach, washed well.
1 medium onion, finely chopped.
1 garlic clove, finely chopped.
4 tbsp Olive Oil.
350g (12oz) risotto rice.
120ml (4fl oz) dry white wine.
1.2 litres (2 pts) hot vegetable stock.
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg.
75g (3oz) freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Drain the washed spinach well, remove any tough stalks and chop, set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a large heavy saucepan then add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes over a medium heat until the onion has softened.
Add the garlic and risotto rice and cook stirring until all of the rice is coated in the oil.Add the wine and boil for 1 minute.
Begin to add the hot stock a ladleful at a time. Continue to stir until most of the liquid is absorbed then add further stock in this way. After 15 minutes when the rice is almost cooked, and all of the stock has been added, add the spinach. Stir over the heat until wilted. The consistency of the risotto should creamy and the rice just tender.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the nutmeg and season if needed.
Stir in the cheese, then cover the pan and allow to stand for 2 minutes before serving in warm shallow bowls.