Microwave risotto primavera

Microwave risotto primavera

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Serves 4
A classic recipe with a cheat's method - just pop this in the microwave for speedy results. High in fibre and folic acid, and low in fat

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal461
  • fat6g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs84g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre9g
  • protein19g
  • salt0.6g
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Ingredients

  • 350g risotto rice
    Risotto rice

    Risotto rice

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

  • 175ml white wine
  • 850ml hot vegetable stock
  • 500g frozen pea and bean mix (available in Waitrose)
  • 100g pack asparagus tips
    Asparagus

    Asparagus

    a-spa-ra-gus

    Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…

  • 100g soft goat's cheese, or vegetarian alternative
  • handful mint leaves, roughly torn
    Mint

    Mint

    mi-nt

    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

Method

  1. Measure the rice into a large microwaveable bowl, then pour in the wine and a third of the stock. Cover with cling film, then microwave on High for 10 mins. Stir the rice, then add another third of the stock, re-cover and microwave again for 3 mins.

  2. Stir the rice again, then add the frozen veg, asparagus and the rest of the stock. Re-cover and microwave for 7 mins. Stir in the cheese and mint, then leave the risotto to stand for 2 mins before serving.

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Comments (11)

paulaayres1's picture

Made this when needed something quick and tasty. It was both! Halved ingredients & made two generous portions. I used frozen peas & baby broad beans & added cooked prawns for last 2 minutes cooking time. Delicious.

barbarajane18's picture
3.75

Absolutely delicious. Didn't have quite enough rice or any white wine so scaled down slightly and used chicken stock and bouillon. Asparagus, peas and little broadbeans. Best risotto I've had for ages, and so quick and easy!

physicsgirl1's picture
4

First time round I ended up with a rock solid rice patty - this was in a 7800W microwave. To avoid this second time I adjusted the timings as follows: add half the stock initially, and only microwave for 8minutes. Then add half the remaining stock in the second addition (ie a quarter of the original) and microwave for 4 minutes, then the remaining stock and microwave for 8 minutes - but I'd still recommend keeping an eye on it.

The asparagus was perfectly cooked for me, and the risotto texture was lovely, and so much easier in the microwave than on the hob. I added a teaspoon of pesto per person as well as the goats cheese and it tasted lovely.

sailorgirl700's picture
5

Made this last night, but I did it on the hob as I prefer that method. I used a roasted yellow pepper instead of asparagus. It was really easy to make and tasted great, really creamy and the mint at the end gave it a gentle lift.

joni_yp's picture
4

Thought this was great - used frozen leeks and peas and stirred in fresh basil at the end. Very quick and little washing up! Would be great with bacon too so will try that next time.

jb5370's picture
3

Okay on second attempt this was much better. I reduced the micro time and added more stock. Stirred a bit pesto through too as sugadude suggested and it was delicious. So just be careful if you have a high wattage microwave.

jb5370's picture
3

Just be slightly careful when microwaving. My first attempt burnt and the rice was rock solid after the first 10 minutes! Sadly I had gone to another room while it was on so it was past saving! My microwave is E rating 900W. Had to chuck it all out. Now on second attempt and keeping a close eye. Wll report back later...

sugadude's picture

I do this almost every other week and I love it!! I absolutely adore it and you can chop and change things too. Its perfect with Aspargus, Broccoli, Peas, monge tout and and a little Pesto Alla Genovese!! Perfect with Pesto!

chocolatemonkeybear's picture
4

Very yummy!

romyscarffe's picture

This was super quick and easy and the flavor was not lost by the method and the texture of the risotto was perfect. I would seriously recommend trying it. It gave me more time to do other bits and pieces and get ready, as it was cooking, for a nice dinner for two. As it is in the microwave you don't have to worry about it burning like on the hob. Brilliant!

a-hatomski's picture
4

Very easy to make and very tasty - although the asparagus was a little undercooked for my liking. Would definately make it again - my 4 year old loved it!

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