Barber's 1833 Pea & Mint Risotto

Ingredients - Serves 3-4

50g butter
6 spring onions, roughly chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
300g risotto rice
125ml dry white wine
750ml - 1 litre hot vegetable stock
150g frozen peas, defrosted
125g Barber 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar, finely grated
2 tsp chopped fresh mint
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pea shoots, to garnish (optional)


  1. Melt the butter in a large, heavy-based pan. Add the spring onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes until soft. Add the rice and stir to coat with the butter. Pour in the wine and boil until almost evaporated.
  2. Gradually stir in the hot stock, a ladle at a time, allowing the rice to absorb the liquid before adding more. After about 20 minutes the rice should be creamy and tender, but still retain a slight 'bite'. You may not need all the stock.
  3. Stir in the peas, cheese and mint. Season with salt and pepper. Leave for a minute or two until the cheese has melted, then serve immediately. Garnish with pea shoots, if using.
This recipe is courtesy of AJ & RG Barber Ltd