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Broccoli and ham risotto recipe

Broccoli and ham risotto recipe

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  • Serves 4
  • 40 mins
  • 372 calories / serving


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 vegetable stock cube, made up to 1.5 ltrs
  • 1 leek, trimmed and sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 110g ham, cut into strips
  • 300g risotto rice or brown rice
  • 160g broccoli florets
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • grated Parmesan cheese, to serve
If you don't have any leeks, try using spring or white onions instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    6g 8%
  • Saturates

    2g 8%
  • Sugars

    4g 5%
  • Salt

    4.3g 72%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 64.1g Protein 13.5g Fibre 3g


  1. Heat the oil in a large, shallow saucepan on a gentle heat and fry the onion for 3-4 minutes. Stir frequently until the onion is soft. Meanwhile make up the stock in a jug using boiling water.
  2. Add the leek, garlic and ham to onions and stir until the ham starts to brown. Add the rice and stir for 1-2 minutes. Ladle a little of the stock in the pan and stir thoroughly. When most of the liquid has been absorbed, add more and stir.
  3. Repeat until all the stock has been used up (this should take about 20 minutes). Cut the broccoli into small florets and stir into the risotto. Cook for another 5 minutes until the rice is tender but still has some bite.
  4. Pick off the leaves from the thyme sprigs and add them to the dish. Serve immediately with a little grated Parmesan cheese and black pepper.

Tip: If you use brown rice in this recipe, you don't have to add the stock gradually - it can go in all at once.

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