Chestnut And Brussel Sprout Risotto

December is right in the heart of the British sprout season. Though sprouts only tend to grace British plates during the christmas festivities. Sprouts are a wonderfully satisfying vegetable with a delicious, fresh, green flavour. This quick and delightful risotto will show you that cooked properly brussels can be enjoyed in a multitude of dishes.

When to eat

We recommend eating this dish from December to February when sprouts are at their best.


Serves 2
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

This meal is around 71% less polluting than the average UK meal.

  • Eating this recipe will save around 2.09 KG CO2e per person.
  • That’s equivalent to the emissions produced driving 17 KM in a modern car.
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  • 175 g Risotto Rice
  • 2 Sticks Celery
  • 5 Banana Shallot
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 120 g Cooked Whole Chestnuts
  • 150 g Brussel Sprouts
  • 500 ml Vegetable Stock
  • 75 ml White Wine
  • 1 Tablespoons Olive Oil


  • Finely dice the shallots and celery sticks. Cut the hard bottoms off the brussels and remove first layer of leaves from the sprout. Chop the brussles into 4-5 slices each, the slices should be about half a center meter thick. Crush the garlic with the back of a knife into a fine paste.
  • Heat the olive oil in a shallow pan over a medium heat. Add the crushed garlic. Cook for around 1 minute and then add the shallots and celery. Cook until soft. Finally add the sprouts into the mixture and cook for a further few minutes.
  • Add risotto rice to the pan and mix well into the vegetable mixture. Allow to cook for another minute or so.
  • Pour the wine into the pan and increase the heat. Cook until the wine barely coats the bottom of the pan. Keep stirring or the mixture will begin to stick.
  • Turn the heat of the pan down to medium again and add a little of the stock. Barely enough to cover the rice. Stir intermittently until the stock has been absorbed, then add more stock. Continue this process for around 25-30 minutes until the stock has been fully used and the rice is soft with a bite.
  • Whilst the rice is cooking, roughly slice the chestnuts. Salt and add to a pan on a high heat with little or no oil. Cook until the outsides begin to brown, about 5 – 8 minutes. Remove and reserve.
  • Serve risotto in generous bowls with chestnuts sprinkled over the top of the rice.
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