Quick tomato risotto

Quick tomato risotto

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(50 ratings)

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
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  • 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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17th Aug, 2009
Can't believe how well this dish turned out! I had to add another 5 minutes to the cooking time for my 800w microwave and I substituted the cherry tomatoes with 150g of ramiro peppers. Fantastic!!
11th Mar, 2009
tasty easy eat it twice in a week as was v tasty
12th Jan, 2009
Perfect in my 900w microwave.
2nd Nov, 2008
This recipe is superb! I adore risotto, but don't always have the time to stand there stirring it... this is quick, simple and absolutely delicious and I have cooked it several times. Highly recommended!
15th Oct, 2008
Took longer to cook than they said and wasnt as good as doing it on the hob
27th Sep, 2008
Absolutely great recipe! Will make over and over as with so many on Goodfood!! lovely stringy mozzarella! Tangy toms! Basil! Mmmm, need i say more! Can't go wrong! 25 mins, my microwaves 800w! Give it a go you won't be dissapointed for a speedy super supper and no stirring as it says so what could be better!! Great for those days when the baby doesn't stop crying! A Must for all Mums! :)
4th Jul, 2008
This was so simple to make and incredibly tasty, so good I didn't bother adding either the mozzarella or extra butter ( so low fat too!), I found the timing spot on too, I will definitely be making this often.
9th Apr, 2008
Surprisingly simple and quick to make. Made a filling and tasty tea which didn't take forever. We added extra chilli!
7th Mar, 2008
Forgot the rating!
7th Mar, 2008
I wouldn't call it "quick" as it took longer than the time stated which i suspected. An extra 8 mins for the rice to cook. However i did like the fact that all i had to do was put it in the microwave and just go back to it when it pinged!. I did saute my onions first and also added some bacon lardons. I used feta cheese (and dried herbs) which i just crumbled on top when serving. It was tasty & i would make it again.


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