Microwave risotto primavera

Microwave risotto primavera

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(12 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4

A classic recipe with a cheat's method – just pop this in the microwave for speedy results. It's high in fibre and folic acid, and low in fat

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

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



    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 of mint leaves, roughly torn



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


  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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22nd May, 2018
Sadly not impressed with this recipe. I was looking forward to making it - it is asparagus time here in France so nice to have a new recipe including it. Followed recipe apart from low salt chicken stock cubes and adding one extra minute at end as rice seemed to need it, plus a little seasoning. Felt perhaps a different cheese would “lift” it better? But not for us, will not make again.
16th May, 2018
Would this recipe work without cheese? I'm not a fan but not sure if omitting it would take away from the risotto's consistency. Maybe quark would work instead?
8th Nov, 2015
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.
7th Jul, 2015
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!
17th Jan, 2013
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.
19th Dec, 2011
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.
14th Jun, 2011
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.
14th Sep, 2010
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.
14th Sep, 2010
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...
15th Jan, 2009
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!


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