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Stinging Nettle Risotto

Nettle Risotto

Recipe by Jacqui Shannon, adapted from Hugh Fearnly-Whittngstall

Nettle Risotto

Stinging Nettle Risotto


  • 30-40 leaves nettle tops (pick the top 4 off each plant you can include the stem)
  • handful Chives
  • handful Arugula
  • wet garlic greens
  • 1 small onion chopped thinly
  • 30 ml Butter
  • 200 g arborio rice
  • 500 ml chicken / veg stock
  • salt and pepper
  • 125 ml small glass of white wine* optional if not using increase stock by same amount


  • Blanch the nettles in boiling water 60-90 seconds, immediately plunge into ice water, then drain, squeeze dry, and chop finely.
  • Wash and chop chives and wet garlic greens
  • Wash arugula, (if you find it too strong whole, it can be chopped)
  • Melt butter in a large heavy pan and add onion. cook on low until onion is soft but not caramelized add rice and stir until coat it in the melted butter, approximately 2mins
  • In a separate pot heat stock to simmering
  • Ladle in stock one at a time adding the next when the previous is nearly completely absorbed.stir slowly anid occasionally so the rice never sticks
  • Add the wine the same way, and when the mixture is crreamy remove from heat and stir in the nettles and half of the herbs
  • Serve when warm but not hot, sprinkling on remaining herbs, salt pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Parmesan can be grated and added to the garnish if desired.


Cooking times vary approx 25-30min
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