Quick tomato risotto

Quick tomato risotto

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(40 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

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

Nutrition:

  • kcal435
  • fat17g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs62g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre3g
  • protein13g
  • salt1.34g
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Ingredients

  • 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
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

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

  • 50g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    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
    Basil

    Basil

    ba-zil

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

Method

  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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cathbond
20th Oct, 2016
5.05
My family loves this for dinner! I usually add some finely chopped spinach to add to the vegetable content of it. Today I didn't have spinach so have used kale, as well as some red pepper and smoked sausage. Great easy dinner!
chris-mellor
6th Sep, 2016
5.05
Made this at work today. It will last me three days:) Very tasty and hearty. I'm thinking that the next time I do this, I will add some pieces of chorizo or some other sausage, just to give it a little meat. It's one that I will make again and have already put in my "things to cook at work using only a microwave" collection.
darkjdp
11th Feb, 2016
0.05
too tomatoey!!!
gala27
19th Dec, 2013
This is not very quick as it took me ages to find all the ingredients
amywish
13th Apr, 2013
5.05
Very easy microwave dish. I used 2 sautéed red onions instead of white onion for extra flavour and used grated mozzarella for ease
scotcat
3rd Mar, 2013
5.05
Dead easy, dead tasty. Really good for chaotic evenings with crying children harassing you, so simple you can't go wrong.
purrfex
30th Dec, 2012
5.05
I have not had a good history cooking with rice but decided to try this for a change after stuffing our faces after Christmas, not only was it easy to make, it does what it says on the tin, made it with my 11 year old prepared cooked and served in 25 minutes and it was delicious. Good acucrate portion control.
jennymuc
18th Sep, 2012
4.05
Really lovely recipe. Would just suggest adding the mozarella at the end so you have more of the texture.
jennyhw
15th Jul, 2012
This is a firm family favourite, very easy, although I do cook it for slightly longer. Have found that you dont need to use all the tomatoes, 300g is enough and makes it a cheaper mid week meal. I sometimes add some chopped pepper with the passata which makes a nice change and increases your veg count.
katherinetaylor
8th Jul, 2012
Really lovely and soooo quick and easy. I added chicken pieces which I had lightly browned first. Everyone liked it..a miracle in this house!

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joxwood
16th Sep, 2015
The rice still was quite hard and chewy when I did it. How much longer should I cook it and at which point?
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jparkate
16th Sep, 2015
not bad at all. after 2nd blast in the microwave - take out, stir and put back for another 2 minute barrage of electromagnetic radiation. This will ensure the rice is not hard. Then add the butter and cheese.
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jparkate
16th Sep, 2015
not bad at all. after 2nd blast in the microwave - take out, stir and put back for another 2 minute barrage of electromagnetic radiation. This will ensure the rice is not hard. Then add the butter and cheese.
Millyjones
20th May, 2014
I added just ordinary tomatoes & a handful of peas. Then stirred through shredded chorizo on the final blast in the microwave. As a garnish I had no basil so used flat leaf parsley and cheddar shavings on top. Delicious!! Super easy!!