Chard risotto with roasted cauliflower

Photo from my early morning walk, the sunrise made things a funny colour...

Photo from my early morning walk, the sunrise made things a funny colour…

I woke up at the crack of dawn today and was feeling all out doorsey, so I went for a walk in the beautiful common just across the road from me before heading into town to the veg shop -which opens nice and early- to get a giant cauliflower, well not specifically for the cauliflower, but I cant resist a giant cauliflower when I see one. When I got home I picked some roses, pulled up the rest of the chard in my garden, and errr….. sat around until lunchtime… then made this. Everything in this bowl goes so well together, simply flavoured, creamy and comforting. Defo what you want after pottering about in the cold.


For the risotto:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp vegan marg (optional)
1 large onion, diced
sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper
1 med/large bunch of swiss chard, leaves and stems seperated
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup risotto rice
4 cups quality vegetable stock
1/2 tsp liquid smoke
the finely grated zest from 1 lemon

For the roasted cauliflower:
1 head of cauliflower, broken into florets
olive oil
1 tbsp cumin
salt and pepper
the juice from 1 lemon 

Preheat the oven to 200c/400f and chuck the cauliflower florets into baking dish, add olive oil, cumin, salt, pepper and lemon juice and toss to mix. Chuck in the oven for about 25-35 minutes until tender and crisp in some parts. Whilst the cauliflower is roasting you can be doing the risotto, add the oil and marg to a pan on a medium/high meat and chop up the chard stems, sauté the chopped chard stems with the onion until the onion is translucent.Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, then add the rice and sauté for about a minute more. Mix together the zest, stock and liquid smoke in a jug and add to to the pan a little at a time until all but about 1/3 cup of the liquid absorbed and the rice is almost tender, add the remaining liquid and chiffonard the chard leaves and stir them through the risotto. Cook until the chard has wilted slightly and all but a little stock has been absorbed into the rice. The rice should be tender, but still a little firm to the bite. Serve in bowls with the roasted cauliflower.

Chard from my garden

Chard from my garden

12 thoughts on “Chard risotto with roasted cauliflower

  1. When I pulled out my chard (aside from it being fallen on by ravenous chooks that I had to swat off with my hands) it was HUGE and had massive stems and roots. I got to toss them into the compost heap knowing that they would be reborn in the soil to help more chard grow big and strong. Love this recipe Alex. The weather here has turned back to Autumn and so I might just have to avail myself of this recipe sans chard which has been eaten by man and chook alike.

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