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Meatball, spinach and tomato risotto recipe

Meatball, spinach and tomato risotto recipe

18 ratings

Try something new with pork sausages with this speedy tomato risotto recipe. Roll sausagemeat into meatballs and roast, before adding to the risotto with roasted tomatoes, spinach and cheese. Quick, easy and ideal for busy weeknights. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 25 mins to cook
  • 604 calories / serving


  • 4 pork sausages
  • 250g cherry tomatoes
  • 2 rosemary sprigs, leaves picked and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 small red onions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 350g arborio risotto rice
  • 1 reduced-salt vegetable stock cube, made up to 1ltr
  • 125g fresh spinach
  • 25g unsalted butter
  • 50g grated Grana Padano
If you don't have red onions, try using white, brown or spring onions

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    22g 31%
  • Saturates

    9g 45%
  • Sugars

    6g 6%
  • Salt

    1.7g 28%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 87.4g Protein 19.6g Fibre 3.6g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Remove the skin from the sausages, divide each into 4 and roll into small balls to make 16 meatballs. Transfer to one side of a baking tray lined with nonstick baking paper. Add the tomatoes to the other side of the tray, season and scatter over the rosemary. Drizzle everything with ½ tbsp oil and roast for 20 mins, turning the meatballs halfway.
  2. Meanwhile, heat ½ tbsp oil in a saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 5 mins until starting to soften. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min. Add the rice and cook for 1 min more, before adding a ladleful of hot stock. Cook, stirring continuously, until the stock has been absorbed, then add another ladleful. Continue to cook like this for 15-18 mins until all the stock has been absorbed and the rice is al dente. Stir through the spinach.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir through the butter, 30g Grana Padano and the tomatoes. Divide the risotto between 4 plates and top each with 4 meatballs. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Tip: To make it lighter, leave out the butter and use chicken sausages.

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