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


  • 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


  • 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.