Courgette & Mint Risotto

Most risotto recipes call for white wine, parmesan and of course – risotto rice. I don’t want to knock the traditional risotto, it’s incredible. Incredible for a dinner party though, not on a Tuesday night.

My risotto recipe doesn’t use parmesan or white wine. In fact, it doesn’t even use risotto rice! This is a simple, everyday, cheats version, that still tastes amazing!

Aldi sell courgettes in packs of 3. I love having them in the fridge, but a rarely use more than one a week….this is a great way to use up the other two!

If you have any risotto left over, put it in the fridge overnight and shape it into balls. Coat these in fresh breadcrumbs and fry for a couple of minutes in olive oil, until crisp all over!

If you like this recipe, why not have a look at my cookbook? All of the recipes are brand new and not on the blog, and all of the ingredients can be bought from Aldi or Lidl! Go to the Amazon page to have a peek! Xx


  • 2 courgettes
  • 350g long grain rice
  • A clove of garlic
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes
  • 1 litre boiling water
  • 100g Aldi garlic roule
  • 6 shallots
  • knob of butter
  • 10 Finely sliced mint leaves
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  1. Finely slice the shallots and place them in a deep, non stick frying pan with a knob of butter. Fry on a low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Cut the courgettes into very small, equal sized cubes and add them to the shallots with the finely sliced garlic. Fry for a further 10 minutes until they are soft and starting to brown.
  3. Add the rice to the pan and stir, so that it’s coated in the oils from the pan.
  4. Mix the stock cubes with the boiling water and pour the stock over the rice and simmer, covered, on a very low heat for 10 minutes. Remove the lid and simmer for another 10 minutes, or until cooked, Stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the finely chopped mint and roule to the pan and mix. Serve with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese.



8 Comments Add yours

  1. What a great recipe! I love risotto but it is a lot of hard work for a mid week dinner – but this tamed down version looks such a treat 😊 yummy xxx


    1. Thanks so much! Had it for dinner tonight – yum!

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  2. Amy Vines says:

    Love love love your blog and Instagram!!! I know it is ridiculously hot but I would love to see some slow cooker recipes on here. I am so unimaginative and end up doing the same chilli and stew


    1. Thanks so much Amy! I don’t have a slow cooker at the moment, but I really want to give it a go – so watch this space 😉 x


  3. Linda says:

    Just had to say how good the butternut squash risotto was from the book which I made tonight. Truly easy and delicious. I’ve never had the confidence to try to cook risotto before – thank you so much.

    The Aldi ready prepared squash and sweet potato pack worked well too!


    1. Thanks so much Linda, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Amy x


  4. Nikki says:

    This looks lovely but I’m not a fan of mint… is there anything I could replace it with?


    1. Hi Nikki, Sage would work well too. Use about 5 leaves xx


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