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Green Spinach & Lemon Risotto, Topped With Crispy Prosciutto

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You’re about to embark on a culinary adventure!

We’re diving into the vibrant world of green spinach & lemon risotto, topped with crispy prosciutto.

You’ll learn to combine fresh ingredients, follow step-by-step instructions, and discover serving suggestions.

Don’t worry if you’re new to cooking risotto, we’ve got you covered with troubleshooting tips.

So, roll up your sleeves, it’s time to bring this gastronomic delight to your dinner table.

The Magic of Combining Spinach, Lemon, and Prosciutto

You’ll be amazed at how the combination of spinach, lemon, and prosciutto can create such a magical flavor in your green spinach and lemon risotto.

You see, spinach brings the earthy foundation, while the lemon adds that refreshing zing, cutting through the richness. But let’s not forget the prosciutto. It’s the star that delivers a robust, savory punch. Crisping it up enhances its flavor, adding a delightful crunch.

You’re not just cooking here, you’re crafting a symphony of flavors that dance in perfect harmony on the palate. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself reaching for seconds. It’s a tantalizing blend that’s too good to resist.


Step by Step: Crafting Your Green Spinach & Lemon Risotto

Let’s delve into the step-by-step process of crafting your delightful dish, shall we?

Begin by heating olive oil in a pan on medium heat. Add chopped onions, cooking until they’re soft and transparent.

Next, you’ll toss in Arborio rice, stirring until it’s coated with the oil. You’re creating the base of your risotto here.

Now, add your white wine, allowing the rice to absorb it fully. Once it’s absorbed, you’ll start adding chicken broth, one cup at a time, stirring constantly.

When your rice has become creamy, it’s time for the stars of the show. Mix in fresh spinach, lemon zest, and lemon juice.

Top it all off with crispy prosciutto and a sprinkle of parmesan.

Voila, you’ve mastered your green spinach and lemon risotto.

The Role of Fresh Ingredients in Your Risotto

Fresh ingredients in your recipe can’t be underestimated; they bring out the vibrant flavors and make your dish come alive. Picture this, you’re in your kitchen, the aroma of freshly squeezed lemon wafting in the air, mixing with the scent of young, verdant spinach. You hear the satisfying sizzle as you drop the prosciutto into the hot pan, watching it crisp to perfection.

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It’s not just about taste, it’s the whole sensory experience. Each ingredient, fresh and full of life, contributes to the symphony of flavors in your green spinach and lemon risotto.

Serving Suggestions for Your Spinach & Lemon Risotto

When it’s time to serve your creation, a sprinkle of parmesan and some freshly cracked black pepper on top can’t hurt. You’ve put so much effort into this dish, it’s crucial to present it in the best light.

Rising steam from the hot risotto, the vibrant green spinach, and the golden crispy prosciutto create a visual feast. Set the table with care and attention to detail. Choose a deep plate to hold the creamy risotto and arrange the crispy prosciutto on top.

Add a final touch of lemon zest for a pop of color and a hint of freshness. Don’t be shy to serve a decent portion, your guests will appreciate it. Remember, eating isn’t only about taste but also about the overall experience. Make it memorable.

Troubleshooting Common Risotto Cooking Issues

You’re not alone if you’ve encountered problems while cooking this classic Italian dish; let’s delve into some common issues and their solutions.

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If your risotto’s too runny, you’re probably adding too much stock. Add it gradually, letting the rice absorb each cup before adding the next.

On the other hand, if it’s too dry, you’ve likely cooked it too long or at too high a heat. Keep the heat medium and stir consistently.

Burnt risotto? That’s often a sign of not stirring enough. Constant stirring prevents sticking and burning.

Lastly, undercooked rice might mean you’re rushing. Risotto takes time, so be patient and let the rice cook slowly.

All these tips should help perfect your green spinach & lemon risotto with crispy prosciutto.


What Are the Nutritional Benefits of the ‘Green Spinach & Lemon Risotto With Crispy Prosciutto’ Recipe?

You’re asking about the nutritional benefits of a certain recipe. It’s packed with vitamins A and C from the spinach, protein from the prosciutto, and healthy fats from the olive oil used in cooking.

Is There a Vegan or Vegetarian Alternative to the Crispy Prosciutto in the Recipe?

Yes, there’s a vegan alternative to crispy prosciutto. You can use crispy fried tempeh or coconut bacon. They’ll both give you that crunchy, salty kick you’re looking for, without the meat.

How Long Can the Cooked ‘Green Spinach & Lemon Risotto With Crispy Prosciutto’ Be Stored and How Should It Be Reheated?

You can store your cooked dish in the fridge for up to 5 days. When you’re ready to eat, reheat it gently in a pot over medium heat, adding a bit of broth if it’s too dry.

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Are There Any Specific Wine Pairing Suggestions for This Risotto Dish?

Absolutely! For your risotto dish, you’d want to pair it with a white wine. A Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Grigio would complement the lemony tang and the richness of the prosciutto beautifully. Enjoy!

Can This Recipe Be Adjusted for Individuals on a Low-Sodium Diet?

Sure, you can adjust this recipe for a low-sodium diet. Simply skip the prosciutto and use a low-sodium chicken broth instead. You won’t compromise on taste, but you’ll significantly reduce your sodium intake.


You’ve done it! You’ve combined spinach, lemon, and prosciutto into a stunning risotto that’s sure to impress.

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The freshness of your ingredients has truly shone through, adding vibrancy and depth to your dish.

Whether you’re serving this risotto as a comforting main or a classy side, it’s bound to be a hit.

And remember, if you ran into any issues, don’t fret – risotto is all about practice.

Happy cooking!

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You'll learn to combine fresh ingredients, follow step-by-step instructions, and discover serving suggestions.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 2


  • 750 ml warm vegetable stock or chicken stock
  • 100 g spinach
  • small bunch parsley
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 slices prosciutto
  • 10 g butter
  • 1 thyme sprig leaves picked
  • 1 leek the white part finely chopped (freeze the green part to use in stock)
  • 1 large garlic clove finely chopped
  • 150 g arborio risotto rice
  • 75 ml dry white wine or vermouth
  • 20 g parmesan grated plus extra to serve
  • ½ lemon zested and juiced
  • 2 tbsp double cream optional
  • whole nutmeg for grating



  • Pour the stock into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Blanch the spinach and parsley in the stock for 30 seconds until wilted and bright green, then remove with a slotted spoon and leave to cool for a moment. Turn the stock down to a low heat. Squeeze out any excess water from the spinach and parsley, then tip into a food processor or mini chopper. Add 2 tbsp of the olive oil and 1 tbsp water, then blitz to a fine purée and set aside.


  • Heat the remaining oil in a large non-stick frying pan or skillet and fry the prosciutto until crisp. Transfer the prosciutto to a plate covered with kitchen paper and set aside. Put half the butter, the thyme leaves, leek and garlic in the frying pan and season. Scrape up any crisp bits left over from the prosciutto and fry gently for a few mins over a medium heat until the leek is softened and aromatic but not browning. Add the rice, stirring to coat in the garlic mix, and cook for 2 mins until turning translucent, then pour in the wine and cook for another 2 mins until evaporated. Add one ladleful of the warm stock and cook until absorbed, stirring continuously.


  • Continue this process one ladleful at a time for 20-30 mins, stirring constantly, until the rice is creamy but still retaining a little bite and without a chalky core. Remove the pan from the heat and stir through the remaining butter, the parmesan, most of the lemon zest, the lemon juice and cream (if using). Stir through the spinach purée, then season well with a little freshly grated nutmeg. Divide between two plates, top with the crisp prosciutto and sprinkle over a little more parmesan and lemon zest.

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Meet Sue Perera, the culinary aficionado behind our captivating recipe hub. An imaginative and talented young woman, Sue has an unwavering passion for all things food – especially those aromatic wonders, cinnamon and thyme. Her deep-seated love for these two unique spices inspired the birth of this website, but don't be fooled – her culinary repertoire extends far beyond these two ingredients.
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