Artichoke orzotto with toasted pine nuts

Artichoke orzotto with toasted pine nuts

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  • 280g of artichoke hearts, (approx. 1 jar of marinated artichokes in oil)
  • 70g of unsalted butter
  • 1 leek, finely sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 150ml of white wine
  • 300g of orzo
  • 800ml of vegetable stock
  • 1 handful of soft herbs, chopped (we used parsley, chives and tarragon)
  • 80g of Parmesan, grated
  • 1 lemon, zested
1
Melt 20g of the butter in a saucepan and sweat the leeks and garlic until soft but without colour. Add a pinch of salt
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2
Add the orzo to the pan followed by the wine. Reduce by half
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3
Once the wine has reduced, add the warm stock, a ladle at a time, until the orzo is cooked through. Wait for the stock to be absorbed by the orzo before adding another
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4
As the orzo is cooking, place two-thirds of the artichokes in a blender along with the oil. Reserve the remaining third to fold through at the end. Blend the the artichokes to a smooth and creamy purée, adding a splash of water if needed. Taste and season with salt
5
Once the orzo is just cooked, fold through the puree and stir through until warmed
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6
Turn off the heat and fold through the Parmesan and remaining butter. Place a lid on the pan and leave to sit for 5 minutes before serving
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As the risotto rests, toast a handful of pine nuts in a hot dry pan until golden
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8
To finish, stir through plenty of fresh herbs and some lemon zest and garnish with the toasted pine nuts
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