Bolognese Risotto

  • 5MINS
  • 25MINS
  • 300KCAL

If you like the bol but not the spag, then this Bolognese Risotto will be right up your street. The combination of these two Italian classics is sooooo tasty. Not only is it slimming friendly, it’s a properly satisfying meal for the whole family!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories300
  • Carbs42g
  • Protein19g
  • Fat4g
  • Saturates2g
  • Sugars4g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

If you like the bol, but not the spag then this Bolognese Risotto will be right up your street! Not only is it slimming friendly and perfect if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers, but it’s also a properly satisfying meal for the whole family!

This Bolognese Risotto has all the classic Italian flavours that you’d expect, but with the creaminess of a rich risotto.

You can add whatever veg you like to this recipe, so if you’re not too keen on something then just replace it with whatever you prefer. You could also top this Bolognese Risotto with a little parmesan to bring out the Italian flavours – just remember to adjust the calories or Points accordingly!

What diets is this Bolognese Risotto suitable for?

This Bolognese Risotto recipe is suitable for dairy free diets.

It can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Beef stock

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Bolognese Risotto recipe?

  • You need to count 6 Points per portion of this Bolognese Risotto recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 6 Points per portion of this Bolognese Risotto recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 6 Points per portion of this Bolognese Risotto recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Bolognese Risotto?

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You really don’t need anything special to make this Bolognese Risotto, but you do need a large frying pan like this one from Amazon!

How many calories are in this Bolognese Risotto?

There are 300 calories per portion in this Bolognese Risotto, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Bolognese Risotto is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Chop the onion, garlic, carrot and courgette into small dice. Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and cook for 2 minutes on a moderate heat to soften slightly.

Step 2

Add the minced beef to the frying pan and brown – this will take around 5 minutes.

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Step 3

Once the mince has browned, add the arborio risotto rice. Combine fully with the veg and meat.

Step 4

Add the tomato passata, tomato puree and herbs and combine fully. Season to taste – you may need a little pinch of sweetener if it tastes particularly sharp.

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Step 5

Gradually add the beef stock to the frying pan – 250mls at a time is usually enough. Stir frequently and continue to add more stock as it reduces in the frying pan, until you have 250mls remaining. This will take around 15 minutes.

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Step 6

When the rice is almost cooked and you have around 250mls of beef stock left, slice the mushrooms and add to the risotto. Stir to make sure they are covered and add the remaining stock. Cook for a further 5-6 minutes until the rice is cooked but still has a little bite.

Step 7

Serve immediately with some parmesan to your taste!

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What could I serve with this Bolognese Risotto?

This super filling Bolognese Risotto really is a meal in itself, but would also go really well with the following starter, accompaniment and dessert:

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How do you know when Bolognese Risotto is cooked?

You should cook this Bolognese Risotto for around 25 minutes or until the rice is cooked but still has a little bite.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Bolognese Risotto in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within an hour.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Bolognese Risotto in the fridge for a day.

As we all know you can get food poisoning from eating reheated rice, but it’s not actually the reheating that can cause issues, it is, in fact, the way that the rice has been stored beforehand where the problem begins.

Rice can contain spores that are resistant to heat and can survive the cooking process.

If cooked rice is left standing at room temperature these spores can grow into bacteria. At this point, the bacteria can be destroyed by reheating the rice thoroughly.

You should remember to do the following if you’re going to keep leftover rice:

  • Cool the rice as quickly as possible (ideally within one hour) then put it in the fridge immediately. You can split larger portions up into smaller batches to cool quicker.
  • Reheat and use any leftover rice (stored in the fridge) within one day.
  • When you reheat any rice, always check it is steaming hot all the way through.
  • Don’t reheat cooked rice more than once.

Can I freeze Bolognese Risotto?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

As when keeping rice in the fridge, make sure to do the following if you plan to freeze it:

  • Cool the rice as quickly as possible (ideally within one hour) then freeze it immediately. You can split larger portions up into smaller batches to cool quicker.
  • Freeze as soon as the rice is cold.
  • When you reheat any rice, always check it is steaming hot all the way through.
  • Don’t reheat cooked rice more than once.

How do I reheat Bolognese Risotto?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

For more information about reheating rice please take a look at the NHS website.

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Bolognese Risotto

If you like the bol but not the spag, then this Bolognese Risotto will be right up your street. The combination of these two Italian classics is sooooo tasty. Not only is it slimming friendly, it's a properly satisfying meal for the whole family!
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    25 MINS
  • KCals 300
  • Carbs 42G
WW Points
  • 6 Green
  • 6 Blue
  • 6 Purple

Ingredients

  • 150 g Arborio risotto rice
  • 250 g lean 5% fat minced beef
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 4 chestnut mushrooms
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 400 g tomato passata
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 litre beef stock (made from 2 beef stock cubes)
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Chop the onion, garlic, carrot and courgette into small dice. Spray a pan with low calorie cooking spray and cook for 2 minutes on a moderate heat to soften slightly.
  2. Add the minced beef to the frying pan and brown - this will take around 5 minutes.
  3. Once the mince has browned, add the arborio risotto rice. Combine fully with the veg and meat.
  4. Add the tomato passata, tomato puree and herbs and combine fully. Season to taste - you may need a little pinch of sweetener if it tastes particularly sharp.
  5. Gradually add the beef stock to the frying pan - 250mls at a time is usually enough. Stir frequently and continue to add more stock as it reduces in the frying pan, until you have 250mls remaining. This will take around 15 minutes.
  6. When the rice is almost cooked and you have around 250mls of beef stock left, slice the mushrooms and add to the risotto. Stir to make sure they are covered and add the remaining stock. Cook for a further 5-6 minutes until the rice is cooked but still has a little bite.
  7. Serve immediately with some parmesan to your taste!

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Sophie Branch-hollisFriday 7th February 2020

Will be making this again. It is an absolute hit.

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    Sharon FitzpatrickFriday 8th May 2020

    Hi Sophie, so pleased to hear this and for taking the time to let us know. Enjoy making it again!

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GillianWednesday 22nd January 2020

Amazing dish – cheap, easy to prepare and everyone in the house loved it! Will be adding to the list of family regulars.

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    Sharon FitzpatrickFriday 8th May 2020

    Hi Gillian, we’re so pleased to hear that you thought this dish was amazing and that it will become one of your regular meals. Thanks for taking the time to tell us!

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DianneSaturday 12th January 2019

Love that the recipient quantities can be amended for 2 people. Not tried any yet but will be soon.

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JoanneSunday 15th July 2018

Made a Bolognse tonight but it was too hot to eat pasta. Would I be able to make this with pre made Bolognese???

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