Steel-Cut Oatmeal Risotto



"I love risotto," says food writer and runner Art Smith, "and making it with steel-cut oats makes it extra healthy and delicious.

Serves: 4

  • 1/2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 100g steel-cut oats
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 250g sliced fresh asparagus
  • 100g sliced mushrooms
  • 1-1 1/2 litres vegetable or chicken stock, heated
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped Italian parsley

1 Add the olive oil and oats to a large pan.

2 Cook the oats for three to four minutes. Add the onion, garlic, asparagus, and mushrooms and stir briefly to combine.

3 Stir in a ladle of stock at a time until it is absorbed by the oats. Continue adding stock until the oats are creamy and al dente, which should take around 20 minutes.

4 Season to taste with salt and pepper and then serve, sprinkled with parsley.


The Skinny

Calories 217
Fat 5g
Carbs 38g
Protein 9g



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am wondering what are 'steel-cut' oats and where do you get them from! It's all very well for chefs but what about us minions!
Posted: 16/11/2011 at 08:08

Just when you thought Quaker Oats couldn't get any better, Quaker Steel Cut Oats are out to prove otherwise. These 100% whole grain oats are steel cut, rather than rolled, offering you a heartier texture and a rich, nutty taste. Try them topped with your favorite fruits, nuts or a dab of honey, and you'll agree that Quaker Steel Cut Oats are a distinctly delicious way to start your day.

This is from their US website - but I don't see why you couldn't get them (or another brand) in the UK - they don't sound particularly exotic!  I wonder if it just tastes like savoury porridge?


Posted: 16/11/2011 at 13:12

I wonder if they cost more?
Posted: 16/11/2011 at 13:17

Holland & Barratt sell steel cut oats. I think that Tesco do them as well (either the Finest or the Organic range). They are slightly more expensive than normal oats but they taste nicer ... I can't say I like the idea of a porridge risotto though
Posted: 16/11/2011 at 15:47

Sounds gross.  I had a great recipe for lemon and rosemary risotto once, went really well with lamb shanks.  Like all good risottos it had loads of white wine in it - and no oats.
Posted: 16/11/2011 at 15:49

Ha, I think no oats is the secret to any good risotto!  


Posted: 16/11/2011 at 15:57


Yep, methinks I'd substitute the oats for rice to make it an actual risotto!
Posted: 17/11/2011 at 11:41

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