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Fennel and mascarpone risotto with lemon, garlic and pecorino crumbs


Serves: 4, or 6 as a starter
timePrep time: 20 mins
timeTotal time:
Fennel and mascarpone risotto with lemon, garlic and pecorino crumbs
Recipe by Angela Boggiano / Recipe photograph by Craig Robertson

Fennel and mascarpone risotto with lemon, garlic and pecorino crumbs


Serves: 4, or 6 as a starter
timePrep time: 20 mins
timeTotal time:

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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
668Kcal
Fat
28gr
Saturates
16gr
Carbs
74gr
Sugars
6gr
Fibre
3gr
Protein
14gr
Salt
2gr

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Ingredients

  • 15g butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • a small handful of fresh thyme, leaves chopped
  • 1 large fennel bulb, or 2 small, finely chopped (fronds reserved for garnish)
  • 300g risotto rice
  • 300ml white wine
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 100g mascarpone cheese
  • 25g Pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated
For the crumbs
  • 20g butter
  • 50g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 2 fat garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • 25g Pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped flat leaf parsley

Step by step

Get ahead
Make the crumb mixture a few hours ahead and keep it at room temperature.
  1. Heat the butter and olive oil in a saucepan, add the onion and cook for a few minutes until just beginning to soften. Add the garlic and thyme and cook for a minute longer.
  2. Stir in the chopped fennel and cook for 5 minutes until beginning to soften. Add the rice, mix well with the onion and fennel and cook for a couple of minutes, then turn up the heat, pour in the wine and allow to bubble rapidly until it has been absorbed by the rice, about 3-4 minutes. You can replace the white wine with vermouth to accentuate the fennel flavour. Use just 150ml dry vermouth, as it has a stronger flavour. There's no need to increase the amount of stock.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the stock in a separate saucepan and gradually add to the rice, a ladleful at a time, allowing each ladleful to be absorbed by the rice before adding the next one. Keep doing this, stirring frequently, until all the liquid has been added and absorbed – this will take 16-18 minutes.
  4. Finally stir through the mascarpone and Pecorino Romano, then season to taste. Cover and allow to sit for a few minutes before serving.
  5. To make the crumbs, melt the butter in a frying pan. Add the breadcrumbs and cook over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes until starting to turn golden and crunchy. Stir in the garlic and cook for a further minute then remove from the heat, tip into a bowl and add the lemon zest and Pecorino Romano and toss everything together well. Finally, stir in the chopped parsley.
  6. Ladle the risotto into warm serving bowls, sprinkle with some of the crisp garlic and lemon crumbs and the reserved fennel fronds and serve immediately. Hand the rest of the crumb topping around in a bowl.
Chef quote
The crisp crumb topping contrasts beautifully with the delicate, creamy risotto. Sprinkle a little on top to serve, then add more as you eat!

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