Creamy Microwave Risotto

This won’t have quite the same texture and flavor as authentic risotto, but it’s a good stand-in for nights when you’re in a hurry.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen baby peas
  • 1 cup arborio or other short-grain rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth, divided
  • ½ tsp. dried basil leaves
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ⅛ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt, divided
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Place the frozen peas in a microwave-safe casserole dish. Cover with microwave plastic wrap, leaving one corner open to vent steam. Microwave the peas on high heat for 2 minutes, and then for 30 seconds at a time until cooked (total cooking time should be 2 to 3 minutes).
  • Add the rice and 1½ cups broth. Stir in the basil, oregano, garlic powder, pepper, and ½ teaspoon salt. Cover the dish with microwave-safe plastic wrap and microwave for 5 minutes. Stir in ½ cup broth and ½ teaspoon salt. Microwave on high for 5 more minutes.
  • Stir, cover, and microwave for 5 minutes, or until the liquid is mainly absorbed and the rice grains are tender. Stir in the Parmesan cheese. Serve hot.

Recipe Information

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen baby peas
  • 1 cup arborio or other short-grain rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth, divided
  • ½ tsp. dried basil leaves
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ⅛ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt, divided
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Place the frozen peas in a microwave-safe casserole dish. Cover with microwave plastic wrap, leaving one corner open to vent steam. Microwave the peas on high heat for 2 minutes, and then for 30 seconds at a time until cooked (total cooking time should be 2 to 3 minutes).
  • Add the rice and 1½ cups broth. Stir in the basil, oregano, garlic powder, pepper, and ½ teaspoon salt. Cover the dish with microwave-safe plastic wrap and microwave for 5 minutes. Stir in ½ cup broth and ½ teaspoon salt. Microwave on high for 5 more minutes.
  • Stir, cover, and microwave for 5 minutes, or until the liquid is mainly absorbed and the rice grains are tender. Stir in the Parmesan cheese. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories250
Total Fat3.5g
Saturated Fat2g
Cholesterol0mg
Sodium1140mg
Total Carbohydrate44g
Dietary Fiber4g
Sugars2g
Protein11g