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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25th Sep, 2010
This was delicious. A wonderful way to use up a glut of cherry tomatoes.
13th Aug, 2010
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! :)
16th Dec, 2009
not much flavour
16th Dec, 2009
not much flavour
5th Dec, 2009
I love this recipe, been making it for years, I like adding different veg as well.
8th Nov, 2009
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. :)
29th Sep, 2009
Took 6 mins longer in my microwave but well worth the wait. Enjoyed it and sure it will become a mid-week favourite.
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29th Sep, 2009
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.
15th Sep, 2009
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!
3rd Sep, 2009
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.


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