E is for… Easy Risotto!

Posted on 8th August 2010 in children/ cooking/ risotto

I’m not the world’s best cook – or hopefully the world’s worst! But I always get praise for my lasagne and my risotto. Here is my easy peasy risotto recipe, if I can cook it, anyone can!

Ingredients (serves 4)

2 medium onions

1 clove garlic

4 or 5 mushrooms

500g chicken

knob of butter

1 litre hot chicken stock

250g italian risotto rice

175ml single cream

a few turns of black pepper

handful of cooked peas


Melt the butter in a large pan and add the garlic (finely chopped) and the onions (roughly chopped). I tend to use Lazy Garlic as I’m, well, lazy.

Soften these for a few mins and then add the chicken (chopped into equal size pieces). Once the chicken is sealed, add the chopped mushrooms and the risotto rice. I add a few turns of black pepper at this point.

Stir this for a couple of mins, then add the hot chicken stock 1 ladle at a time…. This is a slow process and really shouldn’t be rushed. Add 1 ladle and stir gently until the stock has been absorbed, then add another ladle and so on. This process usually takes around 2-25 mins.

As you add the last ladle, add a handful of cooked peas – this lifts the colour of the risotto and adds a nice fresh taste too. Then stir in the single cream, heat through for a couple more mins and you are done!

I usually serve my risotto with roasted asparagus and grated cheese (and a very large class of very cold dry white!). To roast the asparagus, break off the stalk at the natural point, lay the spears onto a baking tray, spray with 1 cal spray, sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, then add very light drizzle of olive oil. Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins depending on how you like it – I like it crunchy!

And then, because apparently risotto isn’t enough…..

And there we have it! My entry for the Bosch Dishwasher link up hosted by @Scottishmum.

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  • Reply Whimsical Wife 9th August 2010 at 11:30 am

    I adore anything with Easy in the title!

    • Reply mrsljhall 9th August 2010 at 11:37 am

      A girl after my own heart. I love meals that fill everyone up but are really, really simple to prepare!

  • Reply Mirka Moore 29th September 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I love risotto, have to try out your recipe 😉 @Kahanka

  • Reply Nova 29th September 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Mmmm, sounds delicious. And….the dessert!! Where’s the recipe? 😉

  • Reply tina 30th September 2010 at 4:09 am

    oh yum! will have to try this!

  • Reply Jackie Buxton 6th April 2012 at 12:56 am

    Love the stage by stage photies! Do you have meals you cook lots and then forget about them? Risotto is one of those for me. We all love it but I haven’t cooked it for ages. I really like the idea of the peas in this, will give it a shot. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Reply CoffeeCurls 6th April 2012 at 9:51 am

      Yes it’s one that I do probably once every 6 months or so, it’s particularly good for cooking on boxing day if you are having family over or just as a more interesting way of eating TURKEY! lol. The peas go in right at the end, last 5 mins or so, else they over cook and lose their vibrancy. Enjoy and thanks for the comment x

  • Reply Scottish Mum 17th April 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I love risotto, dying to try this one.

    • Reply CoffeeCurls 17th April 2012 at 6:14 pm

      You should, it’s lovely and so easy. It’s a good family meal too x

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