Quick tomato risotto

Quick tomato risotto

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(40 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
Making risotto doesn't have to involve hours of stirring over the stove, as this easy tomato recipe proves

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian


  • kcal435
  • fat17g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs62g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre3g
  • protein13g
  • salt1.34g
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  • 250g risotto rice
    Risotto rice

    Risotto rice

    To create an authentic creamy Italian risotto, the use of specialist rice is imperative. It…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 50g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 250ml vegetable stock
  • 500ml carton passata
  • 500g punnet cherry tomato
  • 100g ball mozzarella, drained and cut into large chunks
  • grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative) and shredded basil, to serve



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…


  1. Tip the rice, onion and half the butter into a large microwave-proof bowl. Cover and cook in the microwave on High for 3 mins. Stir in the stock and passata, then continue to cook, uncovered, for 10 mins. Give it a good stir and mix in the tomatoes and mozzarella. Microwave on High for a further 8 mins until the rice is cooked and the tomatoes have softened.

  2. Leave the risotto to relax for a few mins, then stir in the remaining butter, parmesan and basil. Season to taste and serve straight from the bowl.

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Comments (43)

noblegorgeousrose's picture

This was delicious. A wonderful way to use up a glut of cherry tomatoes.

magicjewel's picture

i really loved this recipe! i'm usually not a fan of risotto but this one is sooooo nice! we made it the traditional way i.e. on the hob and roasted the cherry tomatoes before adding to the risotto, but may do it in the recipe's method if pushed for time. we also reduced the amount of passata but it still gave a lovely tomato flavour and the stringy mozzarella really made the dish. An absolute hit! :)

mazam86's picture

not much flavour

mazam86's picture

not much flavour

smartgirl's picture

I love this recipe, been making it for years, I like adding different veg as well.

snapperjac's picture

Extremely easy and very tasty. I never cook anything in the microwave, but this just works so well, I'll be making this again - plenty of ways to modify it too. :)

emhynes's picture

Took 6 mins longer in my microwave but well worth the wait. Enjoyed it and sure it will become a mid-week favourite.

c27858's picture

Not a lover of microwave cooking, I do this in a pan on the stove top. It always goes down with my teenage sons and can be varied in loads of ways. This will feature time and time again in my house.

tinydancer's picture

Quick- hmm not really. Easy as pie though, just bung it in and get on with other things. Mine turned out beautifully, convenience food at its best!

peejay13's picture

Nice flavours but to be honest found using the microwave more of a faff than the other risottos I've made. Try the smoked salmon and lemon risotto for flavour or the oven baked risotto for ease. I preferred both.

musicalsock's picture

Can't believe how well this dish turned out! I had to add another 5 minutes to the cooking time for my 800w microwave and I substituted the cherry tomatoes with 150g of ramiro peppers. Fantastic!!

lauraloo72's picture

tasty easy eat it twice in a week as was v tasty

twinkle48's picture

Perfect in my 900w microwave.

goldcharm's picture

This recipe is superb! I adore risotto, but don't always have the time to stand there stirring it... this is quick, simple and absolutely delicious and I have cooked it several times. Highly recommended!

monkeytoes's picture

Took longer to cook than they said and wasnt as good as doing it on the hob

jayzee's picture

Absolutely great recipe! Will make over and over as with so many on Goodfood!! lovely stringy mozzarella! Tangy toms! Basil! Mmmm, need i say more! Can't go wrong! 25 mins, my microwaves 800w! Give it a go you won't be dissapointed for a speedy super supper and no stirring as it says so what could be better!! Great for those days when the baby doesn't stop crying! A Must for all Mums! :)

notmum's picture

This was so simple to make and incredibly tasty, so good I didn't bother adding either the mozzarella or extra butter ( so low fat too!), I found the timing spot on too, I will definitely be making this often.

piddymonkey's picture

Surprisingly simple and quick to make. Made a filling and tasty tea which didn't take forever. We added extra chilli!

crazyfox's picture

Forgot the rating!

crazyfox's picture

I wouldn't call it "quick" as it took longer than the time stated which i suspected. An extra 8 mins for the rice to cook. However i did like the fact that all i had to do was put it in the microwave and just go back to it when it pinged!. I did saute my onions first and also added some bacon lardons. I used feta cheese (and dried herbs) which i just crumbled on top when serving. It was tasty & i would make it again.


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