Asparagus and Bocconcini Risotto Bake (Slice)

Total Time
1hr
Prep
30 mins
Cook
30 mins

This is a simple baked risotto with asparagus, baby spinach and mini bocconcini cheese. If you use Gluten Free liquid stock the dish will be gluten free. It makes a large dish and its great served warm with a salad. Left-overs are also great and reheat well. It's also a good dish for buffets or picnics. Kids love it too! It has a lot of ingredients but is very easy to make

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • 40 g butter
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 large leek, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 1 liter vegetable stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 12 cup cream
  • 2 bunches asparagus, coarsely chopped (can use one bunch)
  • 100 g baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 180 g baby bocconcini, drained (or use chopped larger bocconcini pieces)
  • 12 cup tasty cheese, grated

Directions

  1. Melt the butter and oil in a large pan. Add the sliced leek and garlic. Cook, stirring, until the leek is tender. Add the rice and continue to stir for one minute.
  2. Add the liquid stock, the water and cream. Mix to combine.
  3. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in asparagus, spinach leaves, parmesan and parsley. Remove from the heat and stir in the eggs.
  5. Spoon in 1/2 of the rice mixture into a greased 12 cup ovenproof dish. Arrange the bocconcini over the rice. Top with the remaining mixture. Sprinkle over the tasty cheese. I use a lasagne dish to make this recipe.
  6. Cook uncovered 180 degrees celcius for 25 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  7. Stand at least 10 minutes before serving. The slice cuts better the longer that it is left.