Looking for a risotto recipe? Try one of our 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.
Easy risotto recipes
With a little bit of know-how (and some soothing, meditative stirring), a creamy, umami-rich risotto with perfectly cooked rice is guaranteed. Here’s how to master this classic dish and make our best seafood risotto.
A green-speckled risotto, made vibrant with peas, baby spinach and asparagus. Chives, mint, lemon zest and pecorino add extra bursts of flavour, too.
Try our creamy risotto oozing with mature cheddar cheese topped with pan-fried cherry tomatoes bursting with flavour.
Cook a dinner you can count on tonight with our simple, warming dish. This easy risotto recipe comes flavoured with chicken thighs, smoked bacon lardons and plenty of parmesan.
This soothing risotto is delicious on its own, or served with a roast chicken and the roasting juices from the tin. An impressive entertaining idea, if you’ve got friends round for dinner.
Fennel, courgette, peas and parsley make for a wonderfully green risotto. This one is flavoured with a little nutritional yeast in place of parmesan, to keep it plant-based.
Typically laden with butter and cheese, risotto is well known for its comforting and indulgent qualities. Here we’ve invented a much lighter (and totally vegan) option that still packs in plenty of umami flavours.
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Make our vibrant crab risotto, with lots of green goodness from peas and spinach. This is a low-calorie dinner for the whole family.
Brighten up your risotto with beetroot for an easy vegetarian meal topped with goat’s cheese and walnuts.
A fresh and creamy risotto which makes the most of baby courgettes. It’s also flavoured with mint, lemon and plenty of salty parmesan. Check out more of our best risotto recipes.
Try this creamy risotto uses pearled spelt as a healthier alternative to classic risotto rice and dried porcini mushrooms for a more intense flavour.
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. More vegetarian meal ideas here.
Check out this creamy veg risotto with cavolo nero, crunchy peas and punchy chilli. Make this quick and easy recipe for a warming midweek meal. Plus, it’s low in calories too.
If you like 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.
Try our creamy mushroom risotto recipe with zesty lemon. This quick veggie risotto dish is easy to make and ready in 35 minutes.
Check out our risotto recipe with Jerusalem artichokes and chopped hazelnuts. This simple one-pot is an easy, midweek winter warmer recipe for the whole family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. We’ve got some great ideas for recipes that use up leftover red wine here.
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 two.
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.
Try this easy but impressive recipe for quail, confit garlic and celeriac risotto from Oldroyd’s in Islington.
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.
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.
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.