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Broad Bean, Chorizo and Blue Cheese Risotto

Broad bean, chorizo and blue cheese risotto


Serves 6

This great Risotto recipe was sent to me by Christine Thompson from The Dishy Cookery School – who I met at The Real Food Festival in May. Its a wonderful combination of blue cheese, beans and chorizo - is there anything chorizo wont go with?

  • 2 pints of hot chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 shallots finely chopped
  • 400g risotto rice (Arborio)
  • 2 wine glasses of dry white wine or vermouth
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 150g of fresh or frozen broad beans
  • 100g blue cheese such as gorgonzola crumbled or grated
  • 125g Bath Pig chorizo thinly sliced
  • Freshly grate parmesan to serve


Heat a frying pan and dry fry the chorizo for one minute until crisp. Drain on a kitchen towel and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a pan, add shallots and garlic and fry on low heat for 4 minutes. Add rice and stir for one minute before adding the wine or vermouth – keep stirring all the time. Once the wine has cooked into the rice, add a ladle of hot stock and turn the heat down to a simmer. Allow each ladle of stock to absorb before adding the next. This will take around 15 minutes – taste the rice to see if it is cooked. Carry on adding stock until the rice is soft.

When cooked, gently fold in the broad beans and chorizo – warm through and then take off the heat before adding the blue cheese. Stir, season and taste. Serve with grated parmesan.