Easy Mock Risotto

    25 minutes

    If you love creamy risotto but can't stand the fuss behind making it, this is a delicious and easy alternative! A fantastic side dish that goes well with your favourite chicken recipe.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
    • 800ml chicken stock
    • 2 cups (290g) uncooked risoni pasta
    • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

    Preparation:5min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Heat a saucepan over medium heat. When it is hot, pour in the olive oil. Add the garlic and onion; cook and stir until tender, about 3 minutes. Pour in the chicken stock and stir to loosen any bits from the bottom of the saucepan.
    2. When the stock comes to a boil, stir in the risoni pasta. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan and simmer for 15 minutes or until pasta has absorbed all of the liquid. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking, especially towards the end. Season with salt and pepper before serving.

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    Never mind the chicken and brussels sprouts I served this with - I could have eaten this all by itself! Five stars for being a good basic recipe to use as a starting point for your own creativity, with endless possibilities. What I liked best was not having to boil the orzo first, drain it, then proceed. I sauteed chopped cremini mushrooms along with the onion and garlic in both olive oil and butter. For a little more dimension in flavor and creaminess I used a mixture of chicken broth, cream and a good glug of white wine. In addition to salt and pepper I seasoned this with some fresh thyme. Delicious!  -  02 Jun 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    For a much creamier pasta, add 1/2 cup thick cream, simmer for at least 3mins., before tossing the other ingredients.  -  22 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    YUM!! I omitted the onion, and added a dollop of sour cream, a splash of milk, a Tbs of butter, chicken, and veggies and this was an awesome dish. Will make again. Thanks!  -  30 Sep 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)