Herby Lemon Risotto with Halloumi

This Herby Lemon Risotto with Halloumi is fresh, light and so full of flavour even the carnivores will love it!
Course Dinner
Cuisine British
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 Servings
Author Nicky Corbishley


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small brown onion peeled and chopped finely
  • 1 clove garlic peeled and crushed
  • 150 g Arborio rice
  • 75 ml white wine optional, replace with stock if you'd prefer
  • 600 ml vegetable stock use vegetable bouillon for gluten free
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • ½ block halloumi sliced
  • 30 g parmesan grated (or other cheese if you prefer)
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • Good pinch of salt and black pepper
  • 1 packed cup baby spinach
  • 1 packed cup watercress
  • Small handful of fresh basil roughly torn
  • Small handful of fresh parsley roughly torn

To Serve:

  • Zest of half a lemon
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat 1tbsp of oil in a large pan, add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes until the onion starts to go translucent. Add in the garlic, stir and cook for a further minute. Add in the rice and stir until the oil has coated the rice. Add in the wine and stir. Wait for the wine to almost fully absorb (stirring regularly) and then add the stock a ladle at a time - ensuring each ladle has almost fully absorbed before adding the next. Ensure you stir regularly. This should take approx 15-20 mins.
  • Once you've used up all the stock, have a taste of the rice. It should be softer, but still have a bit of a bite to it . If the rice is still far too hard, you can add in a ladle or so of hot water from the kettle. Once the risotto is cooked, turn the heat down to very low.
  • Heat 1 tsp of oil in a small frying pan and add in the halloumi. Cook on a medium-to-high heat for 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  • Whilst the halloumi is cooking, go back to your risotto. Add in the parmesan, lemon juice and salt & pepper. Give everything a good stir then turn off the heat and gently stir in the spinach, watercress, basil and parsley. Divde the risotto between 2 plates and top with the fried halloumi.
  • Serve sprinkled with lemon zest, a squeeze of lemon juice and some freshly ground black pepper.


Nutritional Information is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 658kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 998mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 815mg | Iron: 3.5mg
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