Chorizo, Lemon & Spinach Risotto – Easy Recipe

Comfort Food for the Hungover Soul

Ever found yourself waking up on a Sunday morning, feeling like an extra from “The Hangover” series? The kind of morning where even lifting your head feels like a monumental task? Don’t worry; I’ve got your back. Picture this: a steaming plate of Chorizo, Lemon and spinach Risotto – a comforting yet revitalizing dish that’s your ultimate remedy for those post-party blues. This isn’t just any risotto; it’s the magic potion that brings you back to life.

Risotto, often hailed as a culinary lifesaver, holds the key to rejuvenation after a night of revelry. It’s a canvas waiting for your creative brush strokes. Once you understand the basics of this dish, the culinary world is your oyster. Pair a couple of ingredients that complement each other, stir in some love, and you’ve got yourself a delectable risotto. The beauty lies in its versatility – from swapping white wine for red to tossing in your favorite seafood or veggies, the possibilities are endless.

The Therapeutic Art of Risotto Making

There’s something almost therapeutic about standing by the stove, gently stirring a pot of risotto for a good 40 minutes. It’s a mindful activity, a symphony of flavors brewing slowly as you sauté, stir, and add ingredients, all while savoring a glass of wine and perhaps engaging in lively conversations with friends. Italians gifted the world with risotto, showcasing their culinary prowess. Sure, they might have their shortcomings in soccer, but when it comes to cooking, they are true maestros.

Next time you’re feeling like the lead role in The Hangover sequel, I’ve got something for you.

You’ll need something to make you feel human again, something that comforts but nourishes. You need risotto. If you understand basic flavor combinations, you can’t really go wrong with risotto. Pick two or three things that go together and you’re done.

Once you’ve got the knack you can experiment endlessly. Red wine instead of white. Seafood. Root vegetables. Whatever, you can find a way to make it work.

There’s also something therapeutic about stirring a pot for 40 minutes. Best done with a glass of wine and some friends to talk to. Thank the Italians for risotto… they sure can’t play soccer, but man, can they cook.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1.5 cups Arborio rice
  • 700ml chicken stock
  • 3 chorizo sausages, sliced (about enough to make your hands cupped together)
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 bottle of good quality dry white wine
  • 1 handful of English spinach
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 pinch smoked Spanish paprika
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper


  1. Firstly, open the wine and pour yourself a glass. Get the stock warmed in a saucepan on a separate stove plate. Then fry the chorizo in your risotto pan for about 4 minutes to get all the fatty juices out. Remove the chorizo and set aside, but leave the juices in the pan.
  2. Add 3 Tbsp butter and the onions. Saute for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add the rice and saute for 2 minutes, stirring continuously (there’s a lot of that) to coat in the buttery mix.
  4. Add a cup of your white wine. Don’t cry about it, it’s necessary. Pour yourself another glass while it’s out of the fridge. Okay, now cook the rice – stirring constantly – until the wine is mostly evaporated, about 2 minutes.
  5. Then add about a 3/4 cup of stock. Stir in well, making sure no rice is sticking to the bottom of the pan. Keep stirring and when the liquid is almost evaporated, add another 3/4 cup. Repeat until your rice gets a thick, creamy texture, which should coincide with your stock running out. Taste a few pieces of rice to test – they should be soft all the way through, but not mushy. Don’t stop stirring for the duration.
  6. Once cooked, remove the pan from heat. Add the chorizo again, with the spinach, lemon juice, remaining butter, and parmesan. Stir well, then season with salt & pepper. Divide onto serving plates and sprinkle some Spanish paprika over each. Enjoy the rest of your wine with dinner.
Chorizo, Lemon & Spinach Risotto
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A Feast for the Senses

As you savor each spoonful of the Chorizo, Lemon and spinach Risotto, you’re not just indulging in a meal – you’re embracing a symphony of flavors. The harmony of creamy rice, savory chorizo, vibrant spinach, and the zing of lemon creates a culinary masterpiece on your plate. It’s not just about the taste; it’s an experience that tantalizes your senses and warms your soul.

Risotto: Your Culinary Playground

Remember, the recipe I’ve shared with you today is merely a stepping stone into the vast world of risotto. Let your creativity flow, experiment with ingredients, and curate your own signature risotto masterpiece. Whether it’s a comforting meal for a cozy night in or a dish to impress at a dinner party, risotto stands ready to be your canvas for culinary expression.

So, the next time you find yourself in need of comfort and restoration after a wild night out, grab a bottle of wine, gather your ingredients, and let the therapeutic stirring begin. Immerse yourself in the art of risotto making, and before you know it, you’ll be savoring a homemade dish that not only soothes your soul but also elevates your culinary prowess. Cheers to good food, good company, and the simple pleasures of a well-made risotto!


A Must-Try Chorizo, Lemon & Spinach Risotto!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 21, 2023

This delightful recipe for Chorizo, Lemon & Spinach Risotto is an absolute game-changer! The combination of savory chorizo, zesty lemon, and vibrant spinach creates an explosion of flavors that dance on your taste buds. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow, making it a breeze even for novice chefs. The result? A creamy, comforting dish that’s both hearty and refreshing, perfect for any occasion. With its therapeutic stirring process and the ability to customize ingredients, this recipe is a culinary gem waiting to be discovered. Trust me, this risotto is bound to become a star in your cooking repertoire!


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