Comforting Leek Risotto with Cream Cheese | HurryTheFoodUp

Comforting Leek Risotto with Cream Cheese

This post may contain affiliate links, so if you buy from a link we may earn a commission at no cost to you

Comforting Leek Risotto with Cream Cheese - leek risotto ready to serve #worcestershiresauce #risotto |

Sometimes decadence is important. And this leek risotto is decadent. And important.

Don’t get us wrong – we eat healthy food all the time, and know the incredible value of it. It’s imperative to our well-being and health. Nutrition is something we take seriously, and indeed, pride ourselves on.

Our latest recipes have included this tangy tempeh salad, a broccoli and cauliflower ‘superfood’ soup and high protein-pancakes to name just a few.

And sometimes we know when to just focus on the sheer enjoyment of food. After many years of eating veggie and an arsenal of hundreds of great recipes, it’s awesome to just sit down and enjoy a comforting meal.

We also know that some people miss meat, or that they’re cooking for partners and families who still eat meat, but want to make a meal they’ll all enjoy. This leek risotto is one of those meals.

Comforting Leek Risotto with Cream Cheese - leek risotto ingredients #vegetarian #main |

Let’s speed things up

It’s also true that time is often limited, and not everybody wants to spend hours in the kitchen on a single recipe. We love finding ways to hurry the food up whenever we can, and risotto is one place it’s very possible.

Contrary to popular belief, and as we found out in this great experiment, the broth does not need to be ladled in one spoon at a time. You can throw it all in (or nearly all in) at the beginning and move on to other tasks.

Comforting Leek Risotto with Cream Cheese - risotto rice, leek and onion frying in olive oil in a big pan #risottorice #easy |
Comforting Leek Risotto with Cream Cheese - add white wine and ¾ of the veggie broth and cook the rice till is ready #creamy #dinner |


Don’t have any? That’s ok! We’re not saying cheddar cheese must be added to this recipe, but it really is awesome when sprinkled on top of the finished risotto. Naughty, but excellent.

Cheddar cheese is also one of the cheeses most likely to contain microbial (or artificial) rennet, as opposed to animal rennet. Animal rennet is a horrible ingredient taken from the stomach of slain baby animals (usually a cow) and something we try to avoid at all costs. It’s always worth checking the packaging.

Comforting Leek Risotto with Cream Cheese - add white wine and ¾ of the veggie broth and cook the rice till is ready #rich #lunch |
Comforting Leek Risotto with Cream Cheese - add the frozen peas, cream cheese and all the rest of the ingredients #creamcheese #dinner |

Ok, any more tips for this leek risotto?

Yep, one more. A good risotto falls on its flavours and the herbs here are paramount. We also understand it’s not always practical or cost-effective to buy fresh herbs (or indeed a plant) for each herb you need. We highly recommend keeping a good stock of dried herbs around – or even frozen ones. Frozen tend to keep their flavour well and last for aaaaaages in the freezer. So many recipes can be levelled up by choosing and using the right herbs.

Comforting Leek Risotto with Cream Cheese - leek risotto serving inspiration #vegetarian #glutenfree |

And finally

If you’re struggling to go vegetarian or vegan and need more tips on what to look out for then check our 30 Day Challenges. Go here for Veggie and here for Vegan. We make both routes easy and will show you all the traps to avoid!

Comforting Leek Risotto with Cream Cheese - leek risotto ready to serve #worcestershiresauce #risotto |
Print Pin Add to Collection
5 from 4 votes

Comforting Leek Risotto with Cream Cheese

This creamy leek risotto is easy to make, filling and oh-so comforting. We show you how to speed it up, too – good food shouldn’t be slow!
Course Mains
Cuisine Mediterranean
Time 35 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3 (or 2 huge portions)
Calories 977kcal


  • 1 cup risotto rice
  • 3-4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 leek
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup peas, frozen
  • ¾ cup cream (¾ cup = 200ml)
  • ¾ cup cream cheese (¾ cup = 150g)
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (vegetarian) (make sure to check for a no-fish version)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp basil, fresh
  • 2 tbsp parsley, fresh
  • 2 tbsp oregano, fresh (for all the herbs, dried or frozen are fine if fresh are unavailable)


  • 1 cup white wine (mega tasty)
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese (for garnish, mega tasty)


  • Give the rice a quick rinse – we don’t need this one too starchy.
  • Slice the leek and onion and fry in olive oil in a big pan on medium heat for about 5 Minutes.
  • Add the risotto rice and fry for another 2 minutes.
  • If using, throw in the white wine and stir until dissolved.
  • Add ¾ of the veggie broth. Let everything cook for about 20 minutes, or until the rice is ready. If it goes dry before the rice is ready, add more broth.
  • When the rice is ready, turn the heat off. Add the frozen peas, cream and cream cheese, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce and basil, parsley and oregano. Give it a good stir making sure all is mixed together well.
  • Turn the heat back and cook on a med-high heat for another 5 minutes. This gives a chance for the sauce to become thick, and the flavours to fully come out. Add salt and pepper to taste. Just don’t let it burn – stir occasionally!
  • Serve with a little cheddar sprinkled on the top for extra deliciousness.


Need more rice? Check out this fried pineapple rice for something a bit different (and awesome). Or if you want to move away from carbs, we highly recommend taking a look at zoodles (spoiler: they rock).


Nutrition Facts
Comforting Leek Risotto with Cream Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 977 Calories from Fat 567
% Daily Value*
Fat 63g97%
Saturated Fat 31g194%
Cholesterol 166mg55%
Sodium 1649mg72%
Potassium 505mg14%
Carbohydrates 74g25%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 3500IU70%
Vitamin C 30mg36%
Calcium 294mg29%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Show us your version!Tag @HurryTheFoodUp on Instagram and hashtag #hurrythefoodup.

About Dave

From the UK to Germany with many stops along the way. Food without meat is the best type of food. And I plan to share it!


  1. 5 stars
    I always thought the instruction asking to ladle the broth in a little at a time was a bit too cautious. Good to hear I can now happily ignore it!
    Sound delicious btw, will be trying next week.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

Forgot password?