One Pot Beef Risotto with Arugula

Of late I have been using a lot of Arugula (also known as Rocket) in my dishes from salad to sandwiches. I have totally fallen in love with this salad leaf. I love the flavor that it brings to the dish. On its own it has quite a strong pungent and peppery taste but mix it with other ingredients and this vibrant green vegetable provides an extra flavor dimension that not only contrast or complement with other flavors but truly enhances the taste over all. Because of this I never hesitate to experiment with it.

If you look at our fridge you will often find a bag of arugula as I know it will always come to good use in many recipes. One of the dishes I tried with arugula recently is risotto. I know it would provide a delicious contrast to the creamy Italian rice. I am glad that I was correct and my whole family agreed as the entire pot of rice was eaten and in fact I was even told I should have made more as there was a lot of clamor for it.

I added some ground beef to the risotto as I had some in the fridge which needed using up. However, if you feel like doing it more as a side dish or prefer it meatless or vegetarian, feel free to do so. But, if you’re in a hurry and has no time to make anything elaborate, simply add some beef or other meat that you have and you have a delicious meal on its own. Enjoy!

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One Pot Beef Risotto with Arugula 

By: Manila Spoon 
October 6, 2015 

Creamy, cheesy, yummy one pot dish Beef Risotto with Arugula (Rocket). Great as a side dish or on its own.


  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 a pound of ground Beef
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter (optional)
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 cup Arborio (or your favorite Risotto) rice
  • 1/2 cup White Wine (or more beef broth)
  • 3 cups Beef broth plus more if needed
  • A few handfuls of Arugula or Rocket, to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons Milk (or half and half)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese or to taste
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan heavy pan over medium heat. Cook the ground beef until lightly browned. Season the beef with salt and pepper to taste. Add the butter (optional) and the chopped onion and cook until the latter is soft. Add the rice and stir everything and cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Pour in the wine, deglaze the pan and scrape the browned bits  then let the wine evaporate. Add the beef broth 1/2 a cup at a time, stirring often and making sure the rice has fully absorbed all the liquid before adding more broth. This may take between 20-25 minutes. The rice will soften as you continue to pour in more broth.
  • When the rice is tender but not mushy, stir in the arugula, milk and cheese. Adjust the seasoning if needed. Let it rest for a couple of minutes and then serve immediately.

Last updated on September 30th, 2019 at 06:20 pm



  1. October 11, 2015 / 3:09 pm

    This risotto sounds fabulous. I love to "thin" out the heaviness of risotto with greens and veggies. On my winter "to do" list. It's in the 100's here in SoCal, so I'll have to wait a while!;)

  2. October 11, 2015 / 9:44 pm

    This looks so good and tasty, risottos are one of my favourite meals:-)

  3. October 11, 2015 / 9:50 pm

    Okay, you've won me over! Risotto is basically my favorite dish ever and I'm a big "throw arugula into everything" kind of girl. So yup, this dish is for me!

  4. October 12, 2015 / 3:48 am

    I bet the pepperiness of the arugula makes this risotto really stand out 🙂

  5. October 12, 2015 / 4:51 am

    Dear Abigail, I love all the ingredients in this dish…it sounds absolutely delicious! I wish I could try it right now. xo, Catherine

  6. October 12, 2015 / 10:07 am

    I love adding rocket to pasta dishes and risotto. It also makes them easier to photograph, as it adds a nice pop of colour 🙂

  7. October 12, 2015 / 12:45 pm

    Abby, this looks fantastic! Can't believe it's a one pot meal, how awesome is that?

  8. October 12, 2015 / 1:09 pm

    Abby, I love arugula and am delighted to see this generally underused healthy green is featured in your beautiful risotto!

  9. October 12, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    I love risotto and this looks so tasty!

  10. October 12, 2015 / 4:08 pm

    2 of my favorites – risotto and arugula – love the combo!

  11. October 12, 2015 / 5:42 pm

    yum. this is making me homesick for my mom's cooking. Never had beef with risotto before, sounds wonderful!

  12. October 12, 2015 / 6:49 pm

    This looks amazing and I love the peppery bitter taste of arugula in so many dishes!!

  13. October 12, 2015 / 8:08 pm

    This looks really good. And, one-pot! Yes, count me in!

  14. October 13, 2015 / 1:00 pm

    I love one pot meals and this looks so delicious.

  15. October 13, 2015 / 9:47 pm

    This looks lovely! We love risotto and one-pot meals at our house!

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