Brazilian bean risotto recipe

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Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time25 mins
Cost RangeCheap

A great Sunday lunch recipe, with bacon, chorizo and pork steaks. Or leave out the meat and make it veggie!


  • 2¼pts chicken stock
  • 1tbsp (15ml) corn or sunflower oil
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 150g smoked sausage or chorizo, finely sliced
  • 150g of smoked back bacon, diced
  • 500g Arborio rice or any other Italian risotto rice
  • 185ml dry white wine
  • 75g freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 x 400g can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 kale or Savoy cabbage leaves
  • 150g of pork loin steaks
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped, plus extra for decoration




  1. Place the chicken stock in a saucepan and place over a low heat, close to where the risotto will be cooked.
  2. Heat the oil and half the butter in a heavy-bottomed pan and add the onion, garlic, smoked sausage and bacon. Cook over a moderate heat, stirring occasionally until the onion becomes translucent, then add the rice. Stir quickly and carefully until the grains of rice have absorbed the seasoning.
  3. Add the wine and cook the rice, stirring all the time with a wooden spoon and removing any rice that sticks to the sides and bottom of the pan, until all of the liquid has evaporated.
  4. When there is no more liquid in the pan, add a ladleful of stock, stirring all the time as described above. Keep adding the stock in batches, stirring continuously between each addition.
  5. After cooking the rice for 15 mins, add the beans and chilli. Keep stirring and adding more stock, as the liquid becomes absorbed.
  6. Meanwhile, season the pork steaks with salt and black pepper. Place under a preheated hot grill and cook for 10-12 mins, turning once. Keep warm.
  7. Start trying the rice after cooking for around 20 mins. It will be ready when it feels soft but firm in the centre. As this point approaches, begin reducing the quantity of liquid you add to the rice, so that when the rice is ready it remains slightly moist, but without much stock.
  8. Remove from the heat, tear up half the kale or cabbage and add it to the risotto with the rest of the butter and the grated Parmesan. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  9. Chop the rest of the kale finely and arrange it on the plates where the risotto will be served, making a nest with the risotto in the centre of the plate. Slice the pork steaks and place on top of the risotto and decorate with the extra chilli. Serve immediately with extra Parmesan cheese.
Top Tip for making Brazilian bean risotto

Brazilian chef Guilherme Melo says during step 3, keep stirring the whole time. And don't forget to free the rice from the bottom of the pan to stop it from sticking.


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