Chef's Notes


  • I added a bit more risotto rice than the recipe states to bulk up the portions slightly.
  • Preparation Time


  • 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time


  • 35 minutes
  • Servings


  • 4
  • Ingredients


  • 50g butter, plus 2 knobs more
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 250g courgette, 140g coarsely grated, the rest diced
  • 175g risotto rice
  • zest and juice 1 lemon
  • 1.2l vegetable (or chicken) stock, kept hot on a low heat
  • 25g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated
  • 2 heaped tbsp mascarpone
  • splash of olive oil
  • 1 heaped tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • Method


  • Melt the butter in a sturdy frying pan, add the onion and gently fry until softened. Stir in the grated courgettes and rice, increase the heat and sizzle while stirring for 1-2 mins.
  • Add the lemon juice and a ladle of hot stock, and bubble over a medium-high heat while stirring constantly. When the liquid has just about been absorbed, add another ladleful of stock. Keep cooking like this for 20-25 mins until the rice is just tender and is creamy. Stir in the Parmesan, mascarpone and some seasoning, cover with a lid or baking sheet, and set aside for 5 mins while you cook the remaining courgettes.
  • Heat the remaining butter and a splash of oil in a small frying pan. Add the diced courgettes, and fry over a high heat for 2-3 mins until golden and just softened. Divide the risotto between shallow bowls or plates, then scatter with the diced courgettes and any buttery juices, the pine nuts and a few pinches of lemon zest.