Looking for the best risotto recipes? Here are some of our favourite vegetarian recipes, from earthy mushroom risotto to summery pearl barley risotto and spring green risotto.


Try our best risotto here for plenty of tips and tricks to create the creamiest dish, and swap the seafood for veggies if you want to keep it meat-free. Then check out our easy rice dishes, too.

Vegetarian risotto recipes

Vegetable risotto

A green-speckled risotto, made vibrant with peas, baby spinach and asparagus. Chives, mint, lemon zest and pecorino add extra bursts of flavour.

Herby greens and pecorino risotto

Mushroom risotto

Try our earthy risotto studded with chestnut and dried porcini mushrooms. It's lifted with zesty lemon and made creamier with butter and hard Italian cheese.

Mushroom Risotto Recipe with Lemon

Watercress and asparagus emmer risotto

Emmer is an ancient wholegrain which works well in this creamy risotto with spring greens, pecorino and white wine.

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Watercress risotto in a bowl with asparagus on top

Butternut squash risotto

Indulgent but easy enough for weeknights, this butternut squash risotto with sage will hit the spot when you need Italian comfort food. Plus, it's ready in half an hour.

A pot of butternut squash risotto with sage leaves

Asparagus risotto

This asparagus risotto is made with freekeh – a green wheat grain – instead of rice. It works well for risotto as the grains keep their bite when cooked.

Risotto Recipe With Freekeh and Spring Greens

Pearl barley risotto

A new recipe for risotto that uses pearl barley instead of rice. With mushrooms and spinach, it makes an easy but filling meal for one.

Spinach and mushroom pearl barley risotto

Healthy risotto

This meat-free risotto swaps rice for quinoa, complete with the wonderful earthy flavours of mushrooms, baby leeks and pecorino. Perfect for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

A quinoa risotto topped with charred leeks

Beetroot risotto

Brighten up your risotto with beetroot for an easy vegetarian meal. Toppings of goat's cheese and walnuts pair perfectly in terms of flavour, and also add extra texture.

Beetroot Risotto Recipe

Tomato risotto

Pan-fried cherry tomatoes, bursting with flavour, really elevate this creamy risotto, which oozes with mature cheddar cheese.

Risotto with Cheddar Cheese Recipe with Balsamic Tomatoes and Onions

Courgette risotto

This summery courgette recipe makes use of the seasonal green veg, alongside peas and artichoke. Barley is a great alternative to normal risotto rice, and makes for a delicious dish that feels indulgent but is under 300 calories.

Courgette and Pea Risotto Recipe with Artichoke

Leek risotto

This seriously simple leek risotto is ideal for meat-free Monday. It's cooked in white wine and has Parmesan stirred through at the end to make it lovely and creamy. A speedy risotto, this one's ready in just 30 minutes.

Vegetarian Risotto Recipe with Leeks

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