Quick tomato risotto

Quick tomato risotto

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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


  • 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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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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3rd Mar, 2012
Made this loads of times and kids love it. A real family favourite, often add other things at the end to go with it such as a nut cutlet or chicken breast.
19th Jan, 2012
I cook this probably a couple of times per month when we need something quick and easy. No problems with times maybe depends on type of rice and obviously microwave wattage. Usually add some Italian seasoning and a good pinch of chilli flakes, and sometimes stir some spinach through it at the end of cooking. Love it!! Even my must-have-meat husband loves this.
27th Sep, 2011
What a delicious, nutritious recipe, tasty and healthy. Recommended!
19th Sep, 2011
absolutely fantastic!
18th Sep, 2011
Easiest way to cook risotto ever! Didn't think I'd be a fan of a tomato based risotto but it was very tasty.
11th Jul, 2011
Loved it ,quick simple and perfect.Did add some garlic and will probably used tinned cherry toms next time.We had sliced chilli sausages on top yum !
23rd Jun, 2011
Quite nice, but very rich. Probably too many tomatoes, would minimise if I made this again. I did have to cook this for a few extra minutes as the rice didn't seem cooked enough.
22nd Jun, 2011
How do you cook it without a microwave?
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28th Jan, 2011
Nope...I'm being dense! Sorry!
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28th Jan, 2011
Am I just being dense or do you never add the other half of the butter...?


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