Boxing Day risotto recipe

(18 ratings)

A rich risotto using left-overs from Christmas dinner: cooked turkey, ham and chestnuts

Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cost RangeNot
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories587 Kcal29%
Fat20 g29%
Saturated Fat6.5 g33%

A rich risotto using left-overs from Christmas dinner: cooked turkey, ham and chestnuts


  • 1 red or white onion, peeled and sliced
  • 30g (1oz) butter
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary, chopped leaves, or a few sprigs of thyme (optional)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 300g (10oz) Arborio rice
  • 1 litre (1¾ pints) warm turkey/chicken stock
  • About 250g (8oz) cooked turkey and ham, shredded
  • About 100g (3½oz) cooked, peeled chestnuts, halved
  • 4 tablespoons fresh pesto
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • About 30g (1oz) Parmesan cheese, grated, to serve




  1. Fry the onion in half the butter for 5 minutes until softened and just starting to colour. If using red onion and you want it to keep its colour, take it out of the pan and set aside. Leave white onion in the pan.
  2. Add the rest of the butter to the pan, along with the sprigs of rosemary/thyme, if using, and garlic. Cook for a minute, then stir in the rice. After a minute, add about a quarter of the stock and stir until absorbed.
  3. Keep adding stock in this way until half of it is used up, then add the cooked meat and chestnuts. Keep adding stock until the rice is tender. Return red onion to the pan, if using.
  4. Take pan off the heat, stir in a little pesto and check for seasoning. Serve hot with the rest of the pesto and a bowl of grated Parmesan for adding to each portion.
Top Tip for making Boxing Day risotto

If you don't have leftover cooked chestnuts, add other nuts or leftover chunks of stuffing, chopped-up cocktail sausages or bacon rolls.


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