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Nigella Lawson’s comforting risotto labelled pure ‘bliss’ by chef’s fans

The cold weather is turning our attention to comfort foods, and Nigella Lawson’s ‘immensely comforting’ risotto fits the bill for any frosty day.

The cook’s twist on the Italian favourite embraces richness and freshness in equal measure by combining creamy textures and tangy flavours.

The cook is renowned for her indulgent recipes, but her risotto dish focuses on simplicity, calling for just a few ingredients.

Start by finely chopping shallots or the white part of the spring onions. Then chop the celery to add a “mellow herbalism and lightness” to the dish.

Melt some butter in a pan and add a dash of olive oil to stop it from burning. Add the celery and shallot mixture to the pan over low heat and sprinkle with salt to prevent the onions from burning.

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In the meantime, make a litre of vegetable stock with boiled water. Then add the risotto rice to the pan and stir until the grains are coasted and look “glossy”.

Nigella explained: “The rice will start to absorb the stock, giving off a starchy creamy property that turns into risotto.”

Wait for the rice to soak up the stock before adding more. After three or four ladles have been absorbed, pour in more, stirring at regular intervals. It should take 20 minutes for all the stock to be soaked up and the rice to be cooked.

While the risotto cooks, sprinkle rosemary and the zest of half a waxed lemon into the pan. In a separate bowl, mix egg yolk, cream, parmesan, and fresh lemon juice to make a “primrose emulsion”.

Stir this into the pan unless thoroughly mixed in, which should give the pale rice a blonde tone.

Fans showered the cook with praise in the comment section of her clip. One person wrote: “This recipe is bliss. I do it over and over again.”

Another chimed: “I’ve made this recipe twice, and it really had not disappointed me either time, I did opt for two egg yolks and juice of a whole lemon and it definitely delivered. Great recipe, would recommend it.”

A third viewer quipped: “I’ve done it for the third time last night at a friend’s house! Yet again they were besotted by it!!”


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