Freekeh risotto with broccoli, lemon and goat's cheese

A healthy vegetarian Winter weekday meal.
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Recipe from: 10 May 2016
Preparation time: 15 min
Cooking time: 25 min


  • 700
    vegetable or chicken stock
  • 400
    bunch of broccoli
  • 1
    onion, finely chopped
  • 2
    garlic, crushed
  • 15
    olive oil
  • 15
  • 250
    cracked freekeh
  • 125
    creme fraiche
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 125
    chopped basil
  • 45
    chopped dill
  • 60
    chopped mint
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • To serve:
  • 100
    goat’s cheese
  • extra lemon zest
  • olive oil for drizzling
Servings: Change Serving



* Freekeh is a wheat that has been harvested when it's still young and green, and then gets roasted. The flavour is similar to bulgur wheat, and the texture is similar to barley.

Bring the stock to the boil. Cut the broccoli into bite size florets and roughly chop the stalks.

Place the florets in the boiling stock for 2-3 minutes. Season to taste and set aside. Keep the stock simmering and ready for the risotto.

In a large frying pan, heat the oil and butter and saute the onion, garlic and broccoli stalks until fragrant and the onion begins to soften.

Add the freekeh and stir around for a few seconds. Add a soup ladle of hot stock at a time. Cook over moderate heat and allow stock to absorb before adding more stock. Continue adding stock until freekeh is cooked al dente. This will take about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the creme fraiche, lemon zest and herbs. Add to the risotto and stir until well combined and creamy. Heat through for a few seconds. Season to taste.

Serve immediately with lots of crisp broccoli florets and crumbled goat’s cheese.

Drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of lemon zest.

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