Gory Halloween rice recipe

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Gory Halloween rice risotto
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  • healthy
  • Low-fat
  • Nut-free
  • healthy
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Five A DayOne
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories286 Kcal14%
Fat9 g13%

Kids' food can be healthy and fun to make. Get them involved when you rustle up this tomato risotto, which is great for Halloween!

You can learn how to cook rice perfectly with our simple guide, and learn what's best about different grains!

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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Large knob of butter
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped, or crushed, optional
  • 250g (8oz) Arborio/ risotto rice
  • 600ml (1 pint) chicken stock
  • 560g jar or carton of passata (creamed tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • A few fresh basil leaves, shredded, optional
  • About 60g (2oz) freshly grated Parmesan or Cheddar cheese
  • Sliced tomato, quartered, optional




  1. Heat a large pan over a medium heat and add the oil, butter and onion. Cook until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, if using, and the rice, then stir-fry for a couple of minutes, to coat the rice in the butter.
  2. Increase the heat to high and add half the stock. Let it bubble, and stir occasionally until almost absorbed, then pour in the rest of the stock and the passata. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Cook for 15-20 minutes until the rice still has bite, but it's also fairly runny.
  3. Take the risotto off the heat, then add the sugar and seasoning to taste.
  4. Serve in warmed bowls and sprinkle with shredded basil leaves, if you like, and a little grated Parmesan or Cheddar.
Top Tip for making Gory Halloween rice

Instead of the passata, you can use 2 cans of chopped tomatoes in this recipe.

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies