Creamy Microwaved Risotto Side Dish

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: 30 minutesTotal: 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen baby peas
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth, divided
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ⅛ tsp. ground white pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt, divided
  • ⅓ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup shaved Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Place the frozen peas in a microwave-safe casserole dish. Cover with microwave-safe 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 2–3 minutes).
  • Add the rice and 1½ cups broth. Stir in the 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 shredded Parmesan cheese. Garnish with shaved Parmesan. Serve hot.

Recipe Information

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen baby peas
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth, divided
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ⅛ tsp. ground white pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt, divided
  • ⅓ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup shaved Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Place the frozen peas in a microwave-safe casserole dish. Cover with microwave-safe 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 2–3 minutes).
  • Add the rice and 1½ cups broth. Stir in the 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 shredded Parmesan cheese. Garnish with shaved Parmesan. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories160
Total Fat5g
Saturated Fat3g
Cholesterol15mg
Sodium1290mg
Total Carbohydrate18g
Dietary Fiber4g
Sugars2g
Protein10g