Bolognese Risotto Recipe

Best ever risotto recipes

Try one of our 21 best risotto recipes for a midweek meal, a summer dinner party or as wintery comfort food. From simple butternut to restaurant worthy radicchio and pancetta; we've got every occasion covered.

Looking for a risotto recipe? Try one of our 21 best risotto recipes for a midweek meal or easy entertaining. They’re quick, easy and hassle-free. From vegetarian risottos such as wild rice and mushroom, to chicken risotto for midweek and posh seafood risottos to serve at a dinner party. We have some inventive ideas using barley, spelt and farro as an alternative to your risotto rice.


Vegetable risotto verde

Check out this show-stopping risotto verde recipe. It’s low calorie and a great way to feed a crowd. Full of seasonal summer veg this dish has under 450 calories per serving.

Risotto verde

Orzo risotto with cavolo nero, peas and chilli

Check out this creamy veg risotto with cavolo nero, crunchy peas and punchy chilli. Make this quick and easy recipe for a a warming midweek meal. Plus, it’s low in calories too.

Pasta Orzo Risotto Recipe with Cavolo Nero

Baked bolognese risotto

If you love bolognese and risotto, then you’ll love our baked bolognese recipe with risotto. This hearty dish is super easy to make and will soon become a firm family favourite. Try our baked bolognese sauce for an easy dinner idea.

Bolognese Risotto Recipe

Chicken risotto with beans & kale

Broad beans are in season from June to September, and this recipe for creamy but fresh barley risotto with chicken, beans and kale is a great way to make the most of them while you can.

Scallop and prawn risotto

Our recipe for scallop and prawn risotto is easy to make but looks and tastes impressive. Make it as part of a dinner party to really impress your guests. Here are some individual pudding recipes to serve as dessert.

Pea, courgette and artichoke barley risotto

Barley is a great alternative to normal risotto rice, and when paired with pea, courgette and artichoke, makes for a delicious summery dish that feels indulgent but is under 300 calories. If you’re looking for a low calorie vegetarian meal, here are our ideas.

Mushroom risotto with wild rice roast garlic

This recipe for wild rice and mushroom risotto with roast garlic is vegetarian, low salt and sugar and under 500 calories but packed with flavour.

Wild rice and mushroom risotto

Brown-buttered crab risotto

Our indulgent recipe for brown-buttered crab risotto is really easy to make and ready in just 35 minutes, making it a great option midweek.

Brown-buttered crab risotto

Smoked ham hock and barley risotto primavera

The best recipe for slow-cooked risotto. First cook the ham hock then shred the meat and create this indulgent (but quite easy) barley risotto. The spring veg work a treat with the ham. Worth every bit of effort.

Smoked ham hock and barley risotto primavera

Sausage, radicchio and barolo risotto

A stylish but fuss-free one-pot that delivers on flavour – perfect for your next dinner party. If you don’t want to go to the expense of using barolo, use another sturdy Italian red.

Hot-smoked salmon, dill and lemon risotto

You don’t have to spend hours cooking to make something delicious. This hot-smoked salmon, dill and lemon risotto is full of light, fresh flavours and is ready in just 30 minutes – perfect for a midweek meal. We’ve got some great ideas for recipes that use up leftover red wine here.

Spelt risotto with wild mushrooms

Our nutty spelt risotto is packed with pancetta, wild mushrooms and thyme, cooked in white wine. Leave out the pancetta for a veggie-friendly version.

Little gem lettuce and parmesan risotto

This is a quick and easy risotto for when you need something comforting midweek. Try adding a couple of bay leaves in with the wine and some peas in the last few minutes for an extra twist.

Leek and farro risotto with toasted hazelnuts

This creamy risotto is low calorie but bursting with flavour. The toasted hazelnuts complement the dish and give it that extra crunch. If you can’t find farro, spelt is a great alternative.

leek and farro risotto

Porcini and spinach risotto

Dried porcini mushrooms are a really useful ingredient to keep in your store cupboard. Added to this creamy risotto with fresh mushrooms and spinach they give a deeply savoury concentrated flavour. A smart quick vegetarian supper for 2.

Freekeh risotto with spring greens

Freekeh is made from cracked, roasted green wheat. It works well for risotto as the grains keep their bite when cooked, and it’s under 300 kcals.

Wild mushroom and taleggio risotto cake

This wild mushroom and taleggio risotto cake is easy but looks impressive and serves a crowd. This recipe makes a great vegetarian dinner party dish, here are more vegetarian entertaining ideas.

Quail, confit garlic and celeriac risotto

Try this easy but impressive recipe for quail, confit garlic and celeriac risotto from Oldroyd’s in Islington.

Leek and parmesan risotto

Our seriously simple risotto recipe is ideal for meat-free Monday. Spring onion and leek risotto is cooked traditionally in white wine and topped with parmesan.

Bacon and roasted tomato risotto

This comforting risotto is ready in just 30 minutes and can be made using ingredients you may already have in your fridge and store cupboard – perfect to whip up after work.

Bacon and roasted tomato risotto

Radicchio and pancetta risotto

Radicchio and pancetta are a classic Italian pairing. Sharp and salty, they have been brought together to complement this creamy risotto, which can be whipped up for a quick midweek dinner.